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[Nok et leserinnlegg til Morgenbladet om sosiale medier.]

“Når du trenger litt mer dybde!” Slagordet i Morgenbladets salgskampanje røper en selvforståelse som hele den norske kulturelitens ukeavis. Derfor er det provoserende når Morgenbladet hengir seg til fordommer og billig populisme, heller enn å fremme en opplyst debatt.

Det er dette debattredaktør Marit K. Slotnæs gjør i sitt korstog mot sosiale medier. Stolt flagger hun sin uvitenhet som et adelsmerke, som om det skulle være under hennes verdighet å gjøre research når hun skriver om massefenomener.

Etter kritikken mot Slotnæs’ første kommentar om temaet [her er min] foretok Morgenbladet en ringerunde til flere av kritikerene – meg inkludert – for å gi kommentarer til en oppfølging av debatten. Dessverre ser det ut til at vi ikke har uttalt oss sexy og salgbart nok, for i stedet for å presentere fagmiljøenes syn på saken prioriterer Morgenbladet å trykke nok en Slotnæs-kommentar basert på løse funderinger.

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locative media is the big thing at south by southwest this year, according to an interesting article in nytimes.com. in particular, locative social media – you know, the kind that lets you broadcast your location to all your friends. very practical for those of us that just can’t find the time to answer all those sms’s saying: “where are you? i’m dying to meet you again!” people, you have to understand: it is great that you care so much about me, but there are just too many of you, please just check the radar and i’m sure you will find me.

but of course, sometimes you just want to shield yourself from the throngs, so the new innovation is services that let you check in at a location whenever you want to be found, and just skip it if you don’t want it – as opposed to just an automatic tracking service that you must actively shut off if you want to hide.

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…or location-based, or whatever you wanna call it. point is, you will soon be able to share your location with all your “friends” – according to the nytimes “bits” blog. that’s cool, of course – if my facebook friends can see on my profile that i’m in town for a few days, maybe they will call me up and invite me for a beer. writing this feels kind of like reading old science fiction – duh, this is just SO 1999. but of course, even though we’ve had google latitude, foursquare, loopt, gowalla etc etc for a while, the value of this kind of connection only really materialises if all your friends are on – and the one place where they all are, is facebook.

on the other hand, that is actually where they all really are, also the ones who you might not want to know where you are.

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