Understanding How Conversations Are Changing
The challenge today is that while the size of individual contributions to online conversations is getting smaller, the frequency of conversations are increasing on these new social media platforms. Making this point, Sarah Perez over at Read/Write Web wrote […] that there are too many choices, and too much content. Users of the latest social media tools are far more likely to post several times a day, more likely dozens of times, each one forming a new conversational beachhead. This can be overwhelming, but it can also be enormously stimulating and rewarding, as a form of collaboration, cross-pollination, brainstorming, serendipity, news gathering, and countless other activities provide one with a continuous connection to the broader world.
Thus wrote Dion Hinchcliffe in his Web 2.0 blog (my italics).
I’m worried about the noise effect. I’m troubled about the frequency, size, and hence quality of these online conversations. Fine, not all conversations need to be “serious” or intellectual, and dialogue has an intrinsic value in itself. But I can’t avoid asking what’s the point of all this conversation, collaboration, brainstorming, serendipity, etc?
Wouldn’t some silence -ie absence of noise, be of any importance?