I wrote these slides at one of the very first academic conferences on blogging, 2003’s Blogtalk in Wien. George W. Bush was running for reelection, 9/11 was 18 months ago, and Google had just purchased Blogger. I was just having fun but, looking back, my point was social media and society were resembling each other, changing each other, and that it would be surprising, horrifying, and very human. None of the slide’s scenarios were real that Spring. Yet so many came true in the blogosphere and the social media channels that followed.
Tip: Set this on full screen and hit autoplay. Makes for a fun screen saver.