Originality and Social Media

Friday, September 20, 2013

How many quotes are there about every thought having already been thought before?  I've seen them on Pinterest and just read an article about it on LinkedIn last week.  Sometimes they’re meant to be inspiring (you are not alone, blah blah blah) but last night they got me thinking about how awful that idea really is.  Every thought, every idea having already been thought of by someone else?  Well that makes me feel special… not.  A big part of this probably has to do with our fascination to “connect” with each other.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally one of the sheep here but you’ve got to admit that it’s a bit ridiculous.  And as much as I love Facebook, Pinterest, Etsy, Instagram, etc., most of the time all it does is make me envious of things I don’t have and annoyed that craft projects I did thinking I was so unique are actually being done by people all over the US.
Pretty ironic coming from someone who manages Social Media sites for a living, I know.  Actually, when I got my first professional gig with a job description involving social media I started weening myself off the web when I was at home.  I mean, I’m literally on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and numerous e-mail accounts ALL DAY for work… the last thing I want to do when I get home is get back online!  I blog after work and use Pinterest for ideas since I’m still making my apartment a home but that’s kinda it.  Some of my friends get annoyed about this because they want to Facey chat or tweet about something with me but I’m sorry-I’m not sorry.  Do you go home and keep doing what you do all day at work? For most people the answer is probably "No way!"

On the other hand, you could argue that social media inspires creativity and new thought.  You read an article that spurs a new idea in you or you see a headboard on Pinterest and put your own unique spin on it (hint, hint).  Then it’s out there in the world to inspire someone else to take it to another level.  I don’t know, what do y’all think?  Social media- no thought is unique or the world’s largest sounding board for creativity? 


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