In a media-saturated pandemic world, what kind of content makes the most impact? What inspires action instead of numbs? And how do you make content that aligns with your values while navigating the nuances and trends of social media platforms? What kind of content imagines a new world instead of perpetuating current harms?
I don't want to know more, I want to integrate more.
It's not about accumulation, it's about connection.
seeing many YouTubers talk about the shelf life on instagram vs. YouTube
YouTube has longer shelf life which encourages more in depth engagement -- why?
My 94-year-old grandmother has kept a list of every book she ever read since she was 14 years old. Amazing archive of one person’s mind over nearly a century https://twitter.com/_BenMyers_/status/1637933878492172289/photo/1
By popular demand, here are a few more pages that show my grandmother’s typical interests and her enormous range. This is from the years 1964-68 https://twitter.com/_BenMyers_/status/1638500355456761856/photo/1
Mar 20, 2023, 9:47:22 PM
We know algorithms favor quantity over quality content. They want users to keep scrolling not sit thoughtfully with something. We’re told to find our audience, develop a static brand, track engagement, and turn people into data, as opposed to focusing on accessibility and creative exploration. How do you measure meaningful? We can simultaneously find ways to resist algorithmic harm on current platforms and imagine new platforms that nourish us. Slow communications is community-oriented content and PR, which prioritizes well-being and mindful engagement with social media and technology. It breaks down the binary of consumer and producer. Slow communications is rooted in disability justice: the algorithm wants us to show us predictably, and disability justice roots us in what it feels like to show, and create authentically. Slow communications is about relationality, imagining engagement as a practice of space holding. Slow communications imagines content as the nutrients of the soil–what do you need for this seed to grow?
At this point, we’ve gotten really great at “writing it down” We’ve been trained to take notes, snag photos, and add things to our bookmarks so we don’t forget about them. The more important question that nobody has bothered to ask is what to do with it all. Components are ultimately the building blocks of a story, project, or idea, but accumulation means nothing without connection. What are the footprints of your life adding up to?