What were you thinking?
That’s a question I’ve fielded quite a few times since launching our video series with Strumpette’s Brian Connolly.
How could you offer a forum to something so — so unsocial media? One person even called her/him/it “evil.”
I answered their question in the comments of this post, but since I’m not sure anyone reads blogs or comments much these days, let me recap it:
The Strumpette interviews featuring Brian Connolly grew from simple academic curiosity. I followed the blog in its heyday, and I found it an engaging sideshow in the circus of social media. And yes, I even came to its defense at times.
So when Brian agreed to do the series, my partner and I jumped in the car and lit out for Chicago. We produced a series that we consider serious inquiry into a bona fide Web 2.0 phenomenon. Apparently, you found it interesting, since my traffic (meager as it is) on days when Brian appeared rose about 150%.
What’s next? We’re wrapping the series a week early by combining 6 short clips into one. We decided that Brian’s “Six Fallacies of Social Media” simply work better as a single piece. Run time is about 8 minutes.
So here’s the week in preview:
- Jan 26: Do Social Media Devalue Expertise?
- Jan 27: The Great Cluetrain Wreck
- Jan 28: The 6 Fallacies of Social Media
- Jan 29: Strumpette – A Self Analysis
The Sledzik-Curran Social Media Project continues in the weeks ahead as we post interview clips from prominent bloggers Jason Falls, Phil Gomes and Kevin Dugan. Yeah, our series had a Midwestern slant, but gas was nearly $4 a gallon when we shot this stuff, and Kent State wasn’t covering the tab!
We’re hoping other educators and students will benefit from the upcoming interviews, which were designed as educational tools. Details next week.
Not all SM critics are as nasty as Amanda
A lot of folks hated the Amanda Chapel character because of her nasty disposition. But not all social-media satirists take such a slash-and-burn approach. One example is the cartoonist known as Guhmshoo, who says he laughs with the leaders of SM, not at them. Perhaps that’s why so many prominent bloggers have linked to Guhmshoo’s site and RT his posts on Twitter.
Hmmm. They haven’t done that with the Strumpette series here, but I promise not to pout. 😦
A sample. In this cartoon, Guhmshoo spoofs a couple of prominent bloggers while poking fun at the twitter/ning community called twit2fit.