One of the four streams of conversation this weekend at the NYA is the issue of social media and how it impacts us. We looked briefly at seven different spaces:

  1. Secret spaces (text, IM)
  2. Group spaces (Facebook, Bebo)
  3. Publishing spaces (blog, flickr)
  4. Performing spaces (Second Life)
  5. Participating spaces (marches, meetings)
  6. Watching spaces (TV, theatre, gigs)

We talked a lot about what the future of media looks like, and about the need to find appropriate filters for the media, otherwise we will be bombarded with an information overload. We also discussed whether the immediacy of news was a good or a bad thing.

Loved these quotes:

“Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future.”
[James Bertrand]

“It was the end of something. It was the beginning of everything.”
[From a Nokia ad campaign – see below]

“Tools don’t get socially interesting until they get technologically boring.”
[Clay Shirkey]

“If it’s worth creating, it’s worth sharing.”
[Stewart Cutler]