The Promise of Social Media

Life IncI just read an article in Mashable written by Douglas Rushkoff, author of Life Inc.: How Corporatism Conquered the World, and How We Can Take It Back. He has a problem with the way that marketing and corporations seem to want to take over something that he says has the potential to “generate the biggest change in how culture and commerce operate since the inventing of the printing press.”

Them there is pretty big words and it’s great validation of my own beliefs.  Specifically, I just feel that all the talk about social media and these new digital tools at our disposal have so much more potential beyond the becoming the province of sharp marketers.  Within a business context, I see much opportunity for, what I call, digital innovation.  Nevertheless, I like Rushkoff’s broader interest in seeing social media as offering the potential to connect with peers without the oversight of “controlling interests.”

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