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100 Words on Media Purging

It has now been three months since dropping all social media except LinkedIn.  No Facebook, Twitter, or others.  I felt some apprehension, endured some ridicule, and heard some dissent from others.

How do I feel now?  In a word, Indifferent.

It was not revolutionarily nor was it detrimental to my career or relationships.  Everything remains static.  I still call, email, and text people.  I still post on LinkedIn.  Am I missing Social Media drama? Am I missing amazing professional opportunities?  Are there people I am no longer connected with I miss?

Maybe, but that is likely your opinion; not mine.

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100 Words on Social Interaction

Is Social Media a true reflection of human interaction?  Without the context of vocal tone, body language, and other nuances, text (and accompanying images) may easily be misinterpreted.  The news often references Social Media reaction, embedding individual posts in its feeds, but is it telling the whole story?  We are justifiably concerned with manipulation and “Fake News”, but what about “Incomplete News”.  Many discussion threads rapidly escalate from reasonable, topical debate to ad hominem attacks, digressing within minutes.  Maybe Social Media is less about “what” we are presenting and more about “how” it is presented, considering a potentially global audience.

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100 Words on Missing Experiences

Why do we filter our view of the world with metal and glass?  At events, we find scores of people with a phone obstructing their view, focused on a digital replica rather than the analogue original.  Why waste money attending an event, obsessing over capturing it for later viewing rather than living in the moment?  Must we digitally share everything we indirectly experience?  How much of our lifetime do we simply delete?  Are we genuinely seeking to share these replicated experiences for the benefit of others or are we simply seeking validation from others doing the same through social media?

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100 Words on Unwelcome Opportunity

Does the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme create legal opportunism?  While this amendment has been a step forward in privacy protection, are there unwelcome consequences in compliance?  Opportunities abound to assist and protect organisations, but what about those that were breached, assessed the compromise, and have correctly reported it?  With our privacy at risk, and in addition to loss of trust, reputational damage, and the recovery costs, will businesses now face the inevitable backlash of lawsuits?  With news a Sydney law firm is considering a class action against PageUp, does this set a precedent of future litigation for every reported breach?

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100 Words on Privacy

In the digital age, is privacy merely a concept?  With the ability to universally share information, voluntarily or not, the only privacy realised might be physically behind closed doors.  Consider that now, with our mobile addiction, even that gap is bridged.  Strangely, the more communication technology possessed, the less “communication” occurs, but the more others know about us.  Human existence becomes digitally vicarious, represented online through manufactured personas.  When considering third party privacy, what others inadvertently reveal further obscures the lines of privacy and our control over it.  Sharing personal information rarely divides our digital footprint, but rather multiplies it.

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100 Words on Cyberbullying

During my school years, I was bullied frequently but my salvation was escaping it by going home when the bell rang.  While some abuse occurred away from school, it was minor compared to what children and even some adults face today.  Online, they are constantly subjected to abuse without respite.  Toxic schoolyards and workplaces are now part of our homes.  Abstinence has minimal effectiveness when FOMO keeps us connected.  We conveniently blame technology, but bullying is a people problem now exacerbated by technology.  We need a fundamental change to mindset and culture beyond technical controls.  Virtual actions cause physiological harm.

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100 Words on Learning to Lead

It sounds odd, but I have had few truly negative experiences.  Whether a misfortune of my own or that of someone else, a lesson has presented itself.  Some lessons were instant while others took years tempered by maturity to be understood.    Leadership is no different.  I have had truly great leaders to emulate but have learned more from the shortcomings of leaders who were not so great.  Even their negative experiences eventually provided a positive outcome for me, even if they are still learning from them.  Mindlessly stating “forgive and forget” yields no advancement.  Forgiving benefits most; forgetting benefits few.