Sunday, February 26, 2012

Writing the Story

As some of you may know, the title of this blog was taken from Daily KOS founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, and his book of the same title.  Its given me great motivation to write and become active in the issues that plague society today.


In his book, he talks about writing the story, or retelling the story.  Long before the internet and even paper, news was passed on from person to person and oral traditions were created.  The need for this was obvious, as there was simply no other way.  Out of necessity things change.  Paper and now the next step, the internet is here, and there are essentially new ways to retell the story on the grander scale. 


We are writing history.


There are things ongoing today that weren't possible 200 or even 20 years ago.  The foundations were laid long ago, however, and now the time has come where the human brain and technology are bringing about an unprecedented time in our history.  And the absolute most exciting part of this is that we all get a chance to write the narrative. 


Because of the steps we are taking, each and everything shared on facebook or pinterest we are writing history.  What historians of the future pull from studying what we are doing now is a different story.  But one thing is certain. Before paper and even with the advent of writing, it was possible for a select few to game the system, to utilize the resources available to them for their own means, to serve their own self interest.  However, the paradigm shift that we are currently in the early phases of is making that all but impossible.  Knowledge is abundant.  The opportunity for you to be informed and become, not only part of, but a creator in this story has never been more abundant.  


The gatekeepers are being replaced by the masses.  They are being bypassed and they don't like losing their control.  Technology has allowed us to write our story without the approval of the editors.  What chapter are you writing, and what is it saying about you?  


Be a writer, but also make sure what you are writing is worth reading.  And if you aren't a very good writer, than do something worthy of writing about.  

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