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  • Gordon Simmons

    Obliquely related, this month’s Nat’l Geo is all about how photography can change the world. The ubiquity of cell phone cameras is changing our world for sure. Social media is closely related to the way we use our phones. It’s not all narcissism IMHO. Nat’l Geo highlighted how citizens with camera phones were the only way we could see what was happening as police hunted for the Boston Marathon bombers. The recent outage of hosting servers in Utah is another example of people getting real, useful info. Twitter was used to keep customers updated when their servers went down.

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  • http://www.BluewireMedia.com.au/blog Adam Franklin

    Hi Jeff, I love this article and your piece on NY Times (congrats by the way).

    I like your argument that publishing on the web (whether long form blogs or shorter Facebook or Twitter updates) is not simply a vain, narcissistic exercise, but one where the feedback actually foster our growth.

    In my personal experience, I see some narcissists get a ‘spray’ on Facebook if they cross the line of humility and become braggards and show-ponies. This pulls them back into line!

    I also find publishing photos on Instagram helps me improve the quality of my photography, and certainly blogging has raised the quality of my writing.

    Putting your work out for the world to see (and judge) is a confronting thing! And it definitely forces us to get stronger and better ;)

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Adam for the comment and kind words. It is indeed confronting to put your ideas on display. Many wait to be perfect and never start. Better to try than to never begin.

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  • http://www.ghostbloggermarie.com/ GhostbloggerMarie

    Selfies – GREAT new word and great way to describe this phenomena. I wonder this – are we the best judges of our own narcissistic behavior? By definition we are not. I have noticed another phenomena as a result of social media – fear of stating an opinion without a “back door” to escape actually stating a strong opinion masquerading as politeness, but is really political correctness. Um, not that there’s anything wrong with PC, no, certainly not….and politeness is good, very, very good….preferred over stating an unequivocal opinion….maybe….

  • Franchise Marketing Group

    Great article Jeff, I really like the fact that you are looking at this from two views. Depending on how a person uses and reacts to comments and posts changes how they view the social platform. It has pros and cons but so does every other form of media. Its learning how to use it right and I believe we are all still doing that.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks Katherine for your compliment. Just the activity of being willing to be vulnerable by publishing online will lead to personal growth. It sounds like that has happened for you. :)

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Well, I had to attribute the source! :)

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks for the comment and your insights. Social media is just another platform for expression. It provides us access to a global audience so its reach and velocity are unprecedented.
    Also in one sense we are all narcissists as just about everyone I know likes attention. It is just the degree.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks Adam for your comments. It is exciting times!

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