Posts tagged ‘communications’
Do the stories we tell about our communication tools reveal more about our lives than we realize? Do they also show how a Metalife emerges?
The other day as I was softly minding my digi-business, a Tweet from Steve Rubel flashed in the corner of my computer screen via TweetDeck: “Sending this from 35,000 feet in the air.” Later in his trip Steve Rubel Tweeted, “Flying home after a 7-day, 5-city biz trip with just my phone and no computer. I believe I have taken my last trip with a laptop.” Rubel’s Tweets show us a remarkably rapid evolution—instant personal communication from the air while also moving computing from a laptop to an iPhone.
Metalife happens because we don’t always notice that as we use communication tools, they change our thinking and our lives. So today as new tools compel us to communicate more visually, ‘show don’t tell’ becomes the new business mantra and Gen Y speech patterns compress to acronyms and Tweet-speak. This is part of an evolving adaptation that affects our minds and actions, an adaptation that has been with us since we first started using alphabets.