The Better Web

Om Malik has another gem, as he reminisces about the "old" web in The Internet of Love

I share these stories, not to laud these individuals, but as a way to remind us that the web we had before the madness and monetization of relationships began, is still around. We don’t need to focus on the negative, and instead try to use the social web, by being accountable to each other. All it takes is one to focus on how to be good to each other on the Internet – not by shouting, but by helping and encouraging absolute strangers.

The community has reminded me a lot of the old web over the last few months, as Manton has worked to officially launch the site. It's been a refreshing and welcomed change.

Explorers of the Web

Once, We Were Explorers – Rhoneisms

Once, We Were Explorers – Rhoneisms

Some of us became inspired and we decided to create little places of our own. We invited visitors to come and have a conversation. I’d throw out a topic or idea and we’d discuss it in the comments or via email. You didn’t have to worry about strangers coming in and picking a fight because you were lucky if more than twenty folks even knew you existed. Also, people respected that this was your place and, if they didn’t like it, they’d get back in the boat they sailed in on, go back, and start a place of their own.

A great metaphor. So glad I got to live through this time -- it was truly amazing to experience.

Also on:

The End of the Social Era Can’t Come Soon Enough

Will a future generation look back in 10, 20, or maybe 100 years from now and wonder, mystifyingly, why a generation of humans believed in these platforms despite mounting evidence that they were tearing society apart—being used as terrorist recruitment tools, facilitating bullying, driving up anxiety, and undermining our elections—despite the obvious benefits and facilitations they provide?

A great reminder of why everyone should blog or journal:

After struggling to come up with a new book idea for so long, I could start to see all the connections between posts, the patterns, the idea planets I keep orbiting. Because it’s all in one place, hyperlinked together, I can see my own obsessions in a way that is much harder elsewhere.

A few notes on daily blogging

Our Soundtrack

Despite being written in 1988, right at the end of the Reagan era, these lyrics still do a good job of describing our modern society. Not much has changed.

Somewhere in these private minds,
The last one comes just in time to
clear out the chambers and sew up the lips,
'Cause that's the price to pay for hoping every slips not a slide.

In other words not to get it wrong,
It's pointless to walk when it's past time to run.
Secured under the weight of watchful eyes,
Lulled to sleep under clear expansive skies.

Somewhere in these prying hearts
Conflicting histories tear us apart
And we hope we don't get what we deserve,
Hide behind the targets in front of all the people we serve.

Seth's Godin: Where does trust come from?

Hint: it never comes from the good times and from the easy projects.
We trust people because they showed up when it wasn't convenient, because they told the truth when it was easier to lie and because they kept a promise when they could have gotten away with breaking it.

Every tough time and every pressured project is another opportunity to earn the trust of someone you care about.

via Seth's Blog: Where does trust come from?.

(Emphasis mine.)

Wow, just wow! LOVE this and so true.

Take care of your Thoughts
because they become Words.
Take care of your Words
because they will become Actions.
Take care of your Actions
because they will become Habits.
Take care of your Habits
because they will form your Character.
Take care of your Character
because it will form your Destiny,
and your Destiny will be your Life.

-The Dalai Lama