A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living. ~ Rudolf Steiner
We all remember Snow White’s stepmother, the Queen, had a fascination with being the fairest in the land. As I look across the social media landscape, I am reminded of a modern version of this fairytale, the rivalry between Facebook and Twitter. In our story’s most recent chapter, Twitter has added brand pages in a bid to broaden its appeal to corporate users. I’m wondering how this social media story will play out.
If we suppose, as Steiner does, that ideally each individual is represented in the community, then a diverse social media would be a direct reflection of each one of us. We will have to see if Twitter’s latest changes don’t compromise its unique niche appeal. The variety of social media platforms perhaps reflect the uniqueness of their many users.
The New York Times’ research and development team’s personal data mirror, “Reveal”, gives us a glimpse into our future. Equipped with a natural user interface, the mirror’s facial recognition capabilities, would enable us to interact with the information that we hold most dear, in essence, a truer reflection of ourselves. So, does there really have to be just one social media platform that is the “fairest of them all?” As technology continues to innovate, we are brought closer to our truer “mirror image”, there’s room enough for each platform.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, social media’s future looks bright. Share your thoughts on how you use social media and how it uniquely reflects you.
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