The internet is trivial. A barrage of constant updates intended to entertain, educate, and provoke. Instead we're buried under massive amounts of data. We're not that interesting.
Great stories are about the most important day of a character's life. It is the day he/she changes. Amazing things happen and nothing will ever be the same. It isn't everyday life. Everyday life is boring.
Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. encourage meaningless real-time sharing about everyday life and mundane things. The more narcissistic noise we share, the more difficult it is to hear anything important
Great films take years. Twitter take seconds. Which do you prefer?
Instead of uploading a picture of every piece of food you've ever eaten, only upload the meal that gave you food poisoning? I'd like to see that.
- This is the most interesting this kid will ever be.
- This series of photographs is powerful.
- Nothing like this has ever happened before.
- He took a photo of himself every day for 6 years. Have you seen him since?
- This video is amazing.
- A picture tour unlike any other.
- Obviously this took around 9 months to make.
Stop sharing everything. Be selective. Stop steering people to the same sights & sounds as Digg and Reddit. Start creating.
last Fall, I've been trying to share the most fascinating thing I
could curate or create that week. It's time consuming with barely any return on investment. Traffic is in the dumpster, subscribers are down, and every day I think about closing up shop, but in my opinion the site has never been
more entertaining. What do you think?