July 31, 2007
Something's missing from the social software revolution

So social software sites are horrible ad-machines, seasonal fashiony things with fickle audiences, but amazing attention grabbers - maybe the most infectious media we've yet seen. Clearly something is still missing from the web 2.0 revolution and tons of social networks will fail in a few years as they fail to come up with more compelling ideas than 'eyeballs for ads'.

Should we make a distinction between experience media like games, film and TV and connective media like phones, SMS and social software? It seems experience media generate much larger incomes than connective media - but that the attention reach of connective media is better. Or more precisely, experience media generate more direct income, whereas the income for connective media comes from platform fees and not the media content or stuff in the media stream. With experience media the value is transmitted, with connective media its not.
Some terms must already exist that describe this distinction. I hesitate to say experience media are about stories - because I hate the idea of the age of storytellers - but clearly goals are an important aspect of it. Are experience media good ad-machines because we're mentally in goal receiving/validation mode when we're enjoying experience media, which we're not when we're enjoying connective media?

Posted by Claus at July 31, 2007 03:21 AM | TrackBack (0)
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I really like your distinction between experience media and connective media. I don't think storytelling is such a bad term or idea.
What if we realized that what is needed in connective media - social media - is stories? Narrative is just a means of making meaning. And a damned good one that is.
I believe that mixing connective media with experience media is the way to go. The exact recipe is still beyond me though.

Posted by: Gunnar Langemark on July 31, 2007 9:46 AM

What's wrong with the term story is this:

1) The absent recognition that some goals are REAL and not stories - these kind of experiences are important and valuable too.

2) Consequently, the type of media I'm describing is much broader than just stories.

- but the distinction is certainly a work in progress. Obviously we have goals with the connective tools too, they're just different goals.

Posted by: Claus Dahl on July 31, 2007 9:54 AM
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