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The Depths of the Internet

Hidden DepthsI am constantly amazed at the depth and the breadth of the Internet.

Beyond the 80/20 Rule

Sure there’s the 80-20 rule, 80% of Internet traffic surfs 20% of sites … and the majors are now global brands like: Google, YouTube, eBay, Amazon, Facebook, and of course WordPress!

A Collage of Humanity

But the sheer diversity of the web is a cultural mash of modern society.

It’s how we entertain, learn, interact, celebrate, collaborate and share.

It caters to all ages, nationalities, economies, cultures, beliefs – it’s a global equaliser like never before seen.

I can easily outsource work to India, share photos with England, trade in the US, import from China and never move from my desk.

We have the technology to video conference while all writing on the same “whiteboard”.

The Facebook phenomena allows me to connect with family and friends throughout the world – sharing videos, photos, news and more.

Not to mention the growing group of budding journalists, social commentators and opinionated ravers that file the 1000’s of blogs … like me. 🙂

When All is Past

What will the archaeologists of future generations say when they view our mountains of consumables?

Our terrabytes of photos, videos, blogs?

Kids & Technology

Our kids navigate desktops before being able to read.

They form social networks in Club Penguin, beginning their virtual journey of interaction.

Click on iPhones and DSi’s as if they are no different to using pen and paper.

Schools increasingly are becoming tech savvy – and the resources available to children are mind blowing.

The Great Divide

Louie Armstrong’s song, What a Wonderful World resonates – they’ll know much more than I’ll ever know … and I think to myself how the heck do I keep up?

The pace of change is overwhelming – MySpace is almost extinct – yet it was one of the major global brands not 5 years ago.

The rise and fall of Groupon – one minute Google offering billions of dollars, then wiped off investment lists in seemingly minutes.

Would anyone confidently back any tech brand being prevalent in 10 years time? Google? Facebook? I’m not sure I would.

Move Over Mt Everest

To consider the volume of content available on the web is staggering – from daily posts like this, to the millions of hours of video, photos, and status updates.

The constant release of apps and increasing availability of information on any topic that takes your fancy.

I’m seriously blown away by the size, speed and impact the web is having on society – and to a large extent now uncontrollable.

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Australian Blogs

All too often us Aussies have to venture overseas to truly appreciate what an extraordinary country we live in.

Australian Wildlife - The Emu

In fact, for many travellers it’s only when you get somewhere o/s that you understand how many people would love to live here.

The Australian Blogging Community

Similarly, the Aussie blog sites also offer leading commentary, insights, and opinions.

The Australian culture is trained in understated, we’re renowned for supporting the under dog, for chopping down “tall poppies”, yet at what expense.

Through traversing the web, joining blog sites on LinkedIn and Facebook, I’ve come across some great Australian blogs – which shouldn’t be surprising!

But obviously many of the Aussie authors reflect the culture of understatement which emanates in Australian blogs.

Throw it out there

So to the sheilas, the blokes, the dinky di’s and true blue’s … what are some of the great Aussie blog sites that appear on your blog roll?

Feeling a bit sheepish

Sometimes I feel like the urge to baa!

Is it only me or can others see that our lives are so often lived like we are part of a flock of sheep?

Shepherding SheepWe go through the daily motions and routines – work, chores, travel, even hobbies. We live in circles of friends that become our flock. Oh and if that gets muddled we become like chickens yelling the sky is falling!

I had to explain to my daughter about social norms, the acceptable bounds of society. As long as you remain within these boundaries, the “socially acceptable” then life can be plain sailing – analogous to feeding on pasture.

Pushing the Social Norms

I love the show Shaun the Sheep, a children’s cartoon. The sheep, at least one of them, bucks the system, changes the rules and doesn’t conform to the status quo. If you haven’t seen it do yourself a favour and check it out on YouTube: Shaun the Sheep – “off the baa“.

Pushing Social Norms

Life tends to be much more normal than Shaun’s! Though I find it remarkable that even those that do live outside the social norms tend to surround themselves in enclaves of like minded people. Hey nothing wrong with that – it’s only natural. But seems amusing that while trying to live on the edge you find the place to fit it

Who’s the shepherd?

Dan Perez posted a blog on Captain Smack and the Blogging Matrix. It captured the moulds we tend to fit into – the rules set by market leaders who shepherd our way through the blogging matrix.

But who is setting the rules? Who are the market leaders? Who’s the shepherd?

What type of blogger are you?

All these rules, societal expectations have got me thinking about the importance of blogging, its merits, the platforms we are taking and, in my humble opinion, I came up with three types of bloggers:

  • Those who shift the paradigm
  • Those who comment on the paradigm
  • Those that are promoting the paradigm

We’re all here for some sort of profit, whether to influence our social circles, to observe and share our views or for financial gain.

So which are you? Are you an influencer? Or being influenced? Are you shaping thoughts or being led? And if so, who is it that is leading you? Where are they leading?

The Final Word

T D Jakes always finishes his video casts with “The Final Word” – which seems apt, for part of what spawned all this thinking was who is leading me? What am I allowing to lead my life? My thoughts and actions?

There’s a passage in John 10:11-13 which addresses this. Through it you can truly assess whether what or who you are following is worth your attention.