I think that now that we are all experiencing that we can be “public” (something we couldn’t 20 years ago) we’re going to be crawling back into more private spaces, understanding that the advantages we can see to “reaching more people” or “micro-fame” come with a load of drawbacks. But we need time in these public spaces to really get what those drawbacks are (as a society).
On a personal level, I can feel the pull towards publication spaces which have more friction. I was reading an author’s blog this morning — a full-time SF author who is quite well known. There were only a handful of comments on each blog post. It felt, reading his blog, that I had a priviledged contact with him — something I’m not going to feel on his 25k+ facebook page. Something that reminds me of the early days of online socialising and blogging.
When I write stuff on my blog, although it’s “the public internet”, it feels like a more intimate space, because it’s less reactive. The content is harder to get to. And there is value in that.
This was initially a Facebook comment.