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My Social Media Vision – It’s a Movement a Revolution June 2, 2008

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Fred Wilson is posting his vision for Social Media. Most consultants and experts really don’t know what they are talking about. The definition of Social Media is so obvious but yet so illusive. Nailing the definition of Social Media is like nailing the definition of what Web 2.0 is. There is no one definition. It’s a movement – a revolution.

Here is my vision of Social Media – The Internet and soon we will all be connected to it. We must prepare.

I have a dream.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the Internet dream.

I have a dream that one day this world will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all people are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of China will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Iraq will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by their profile page but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in blogosphere, with its vicious opinions; one day right there in blogosphere, little bloggers will be able to join hands with big bloggers and as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day Silicon Valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the conversation shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the Internet with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our Internet into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to share together, to struggle together, to go to post together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be enabled one day.

This will be the day when all of Internet’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My Internet, ’tis of thee, sweet land of information, of thee I sing. Land where my kids plan, land of the blogger’s pride, from every social network, let Internet ping.”

And if the world is to be a great place this must become true. So let Internet ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let Internet ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let Internet ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let Internet ping from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let Internet ping from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let Internet ping from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let Internet ping from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let Internet ping from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let Internet ping.

And when this happens, when we allow Internet to ping, when we let it ping from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of Internet’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and ping in the words, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Internet Rights are about Freedom. Social Media is a movement a revolution.


1. Jim Henderson - June 2, 2008

Great satire on Web 2.0 craziness, but in a way right on about the revolution. Social media is hard to understand.

2. John Furrier - June 2, 2008

I just posted this on Don Dodge’s blog. Glad you enjoyed the satire but I had a subtle point.

read this post from Don Dodge http://dondodge.typepad.com/the_next_big_thing/2008/06/social-networks-1-rule-or-the-community-pyramid.html

what i gleam from Don Dodge’s post (community paradigm) is that there are thousands or hundreds of thousands (possibly more) of these little and big production systems..all interconnected..

it’s a distributed computing paradigm of connected systems.. that what Fred Wilson is trying to say in his post. It’s so obvious but hard to articulate. Fred just knows it! He’s smart and in his mind (and mine) there isn’t any more validation. The future has arrived we just don’t know what to call it.

It’s a global interconnect of production and chaos. Here comes everybody. It’s an opportunity. Hello next Google…you’re out there

3. gregory - June 2, 2008

all nodes connected to all nodes … simple to see, we bow down to the tech gods who will pull it off

4. Felton Wernett - January 5, 2012

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