Eclectic Curiosity

Conversation Is In Again

Posted on September 26th, 2005, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Forget reading. Technology has made it easier for us to just go talk to someone who reads instead.

[M]emes, or actual ideas, gain a tremendous advantage in establishing new connections when conversations happen. Similar to Dawkin’s principle of the “selfish gene,” these “selfish memes” promote their longevity every time humans converse. For memes, the conversation is like sex, an opportunity to mingle, merge, and generate offspring that will outlast them. …

But the great thing about all this is that conversation gives us an incredible way of processing the world as we move into an age of relentless and omnipresent information. Rather than setting up a really clever RSS reader using technology, just go talk to someone who reads blogs. Rather than spend hours organizing bookmarks, just ask around for what’s useful when you need it.

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