Very useful Henry Jenkins quote

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  • March 25, 2008
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I always find it the most tiresome of conversation stoppers whenever anyone says “Twitter/Facebook/MySpace/Flickr/[insert name of social networking application here] is stupid. I don’t care what you had for breakfast. I don’t want to find out what my friends are up to over the web etc etc etc.” Boring!

In a nice quote from his summary of his SXSW 2008 Keynote, Henry Jenkins’ words are so much more eloquent and polite than mine:

Humans do not engage in activities that are meaningless. If you think you see people doing things you find meaningless, look again and try to understand what the activities mean for them.

He’s actually talking about the activities of fans, but I think it goes a long way toward explaining just about everything I ever find interesting.

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  1. Just some honey wheat flakes with milk. But thanks for asking :)

    I’ve read various articles that say that social networking is somehow dangerous, in that it lets people feel they are connected to others when in fact they’re not. But I’m not sure I agree – what’s the difference anyway?

  2. Great quote – already sent it round the office :-)

    • By: pat
    • April 5th, 2008

    Nice perspective!

    The quote (and your context) reminded me of a similar-ish post I came across the other week… in particular:

    “There are a lot of us, though, who find great value in this ongoing noise. It helps us get to know people who would otherwise be just acquaintances. It makes us feel closer to people we care for but in whose lives we’re not able to participate as closely as we’d like.”

    • By: RaiulBaztepo
    • March 29th, 2009

    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo