Social Media Deserves a Second Chance

"Here it is. I'm dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote, the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive…"

These are the words of Derek Miller, 41 who recently passed away after battling metastatic colo-rectal cancer. Read more about Derek Miller at http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news-world/20110509/CN.Canada.Cancer.Blogger/.

I was deeply touched by what Mr. Miller wrote and it helped to give me another perspective on social media. You see, I really believe in the importance of social media- after all it is the means through which this blog is distributed. I am also one of those folks that feels overwhelmed by the array of social media outlets and at times I have taken the cynical view of it, such as tweets that describe what we just ate and things like that. In short, I think I have been looking for some deeper, more personal value to this whole thing. The writings of a man who could visualize his mortality and measure the time that remains has brought me a new appreciation for what it means to be connected.

It is true that the variety of social media can be overwhelming and that we do have a propensity to talk about things we might otherwise not share. But there is a far more subtle and meaningful value to the connectedness that modern technology has opened for us. According to Mr. Miller's wife, her husbands last post brought in over 2 million hits; due to the crash of the server it is estimated that number could actually be as high as 8 million. I am finding it very easy to appreciate that these hits are not the result of curious voyeurs but that they are serious folks who are driven to understand a journey that each of us is destined to undertake.

So, social media I am giving you another chance. Maybe I had you all wrong. The opportunity you have afforded me is far greater than I am yet to understand. And to you Mr. Miller, I thank you for sharing your story with the world and for the legacy you have left your loved ones.

2 responses on “Social Media Deserves a Second Chance

  1. Missis Sarah says:

    Hello! What a lovely looking blog you have! Did you create this domain by yourself?

  2. Ed Drozda says:

    Yes indeed; I am glad you enjoy it. Thanks.

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