Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8:00pm CST
The “Like” Drug: Focusing on What Matters in a World of Followers & Like Counts
- Sean McCabe
- Justin Mezzell
- The Like Machine (article)
- Rogie King
- Derailed (article)
- Cory Staudacher
Everywhere you look online, you see little counters. Everything is “likable” and every “like” inflates a counter. But what does the counter mean? What does it represent? Does it convey value? Is it an indication of worth?
I’ve been having some very real conversations with a few of my close friends. What I’ve found is that we have common struggles. Notoriety on the internet is such a strange thing and if we’re not careful, we can easily get caught up in the whirlwind of acclamation.
Without reflection and critical thinking, we can lose sight of what’s important. For some of us, maybe it’s creating for the sake of passion instead of for “likes”. For others, maybe it’s returning to an emphasis on seeing others as people instead of followers.
The bottom line is that I don’t see enough of these conversations happening, and I wanted to bring together these incredibly genuine, humble, and phenomenally talented individuals that I’m privileged to call friends to talk about these real issues.