"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…"
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.