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Facebook and its social media cousins are something of a Petrie dish of humanity. Memes go “viral,” platitudes adorn cogent images forcing some reaction, be it scorn, solidarity or sadness. Endless images of cute dogs expressing unconditional love and frolic give us hope that we are worthy of that love. And on and on.
Of course, social media is an echo chamber. We tend to befriend, follow or otherwise pursue folks of our own “ilk,” except possibly to troll some heathen with a differing worldview. And this is where the internet shines. It’s easy to harbor ill-will, even hatred, when the object of antipathy is a nameless, faceless electronic avatar.
Does social media divide or unite?
Preparing an article on the idea of thought leadership for TriplePundit gets me thinking about how the influence of a great teacher, if not always a good one, has impacted my life ever since. In the process, I’ve dug up these bits of narrative, in part as an example for TriplePundit readers and in part because I think I should have done this long ago.
Below is a portion of a personal letter written back in July of 2001, just about 15 years ago. The other is a blog post I published back in my TouristTravel days, soon to be republished here.
All these years later the story is the same. Bob Soder’s influence is there when I mix sound or listen to music. It is there when I need to remember patience, and that what may seem difficult to me now, may not always, if I keep at it.
If not for a teacher’s influence
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