Posted by Rob Walker on March 26, 2010
Posted Under: Non-Daily Linkpile
  • The Social Media Bubble: HBR blogger takes a business view on “thin relationships” online: “If the “relationships” created on today’s Internet were valuable, perhaps people (or advertisers) might pay for the opportunity to enjoy them. Yet, few, if any, do — anywhere, ever. Conversely, because those “relationships” aren’t valuable, companies are, it is said, forced to try and monetize them in extractive, ethically questionable ways.”
  • Talk Deeply, Be Happy?: “People who spend more of their day having deep discussions and less time engaging in small talk seem to be happier.” Implications for social media version of “conversation”?
  • Defictionalized Goods: Examples; clever term. Via @muzellec.
  • YouTube your way to college – “Students’ ‘infomercials’ are the latest way to say ‘pick me out of this crowd, please!'”
  • Haul videos: Slate piece. Interesting how much attention haul videos are getting. For what it’s worth I talked about them on Marketplace Money a few weeks ago, but that was their story, I’ve never written about the phenomenon.
  • Curious Sound Objects: “A detergent bottle gains theremin-like capabilities, a simple canvas shoe amplifies the sound of foot-tapping by tenfold, a messenger bag becomes a cavern of echoes.”
Further diversion may be found at MKTG Tumblr, and the Consumed Facebook page.

Reader Comments

That HBR blogger is taking a pretty narrow and cynical definition of “value” for granted. No, I *don’t* value my friends in the same way that I value saving money on a stereo system, but I can assure him that this is a good thing. The Internet is really good at creating third spaces where there can be value created that can’t necessarily monetized: that’s good, too.

Written By jkd on March 26th, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

Thanks JKD.

Written By Rob Walker on March 27th, 2010 @ 11:17 am

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