It makes me think of one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite writers, Hank Moody:
Just the fact that people seem to be getting dumber and dumber. You know, I mean we have all this amazing technology and yet computers have turned into basically four figure wank machines. The internet was supposed to set us free, democratize us, but all it’s really given us is Howard Dean’s aborted candidacy and 24 hour a day access to kiddie porn. People… they don’t write anymore, they blog. Instead of talking, they text, no punctuation, no grammar: LOL this and LMFAO that. You know, it just seems to me it’s just a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people at a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the King’s English.
As I look at the level of interactions on my Twitter feed it makes me ask the same question?
What is the point?
If the level of the interaction and dialogue is about an emoji that has no “real” meaning, then why take the time to change keyboards and respond?
Other than to appear as if you are participating in the conversation? Furthering it along? Taking it to the next level? Promotion? Impressions?
Masking the fear to actually have an opinion, take a stance, and demonstrate changing healthcare?
My opinion is that technology isn’t the answer, it’s a portion of the equation. My stance is that care needs to be delivered at the N of 1, and the only way to make it happen is by listening to people as patients. Changing the status quo is why I am here. My examples reside in 2 hospitals, 6 cancer centers operating in the US along with multiple other ventures in China.
It is my intent to interact with others in this world that want to make their own dents in the world.
Together I can learn from them, they can learn from me, and in some cases collaboration and connection happens to make even a bigger impact and change in the world.
I can meet and listen to people from across the globe to continue to learn about problems in healthcare.
👥🚫👂🏽&>🗣 or <🗣&>👂🏽
If you use emojis to say: people don’t listen and talk a lot or less talk and more listening, great.
I don’t have patience for meaningless interaction that doesn’t add positive change to the world of health and care.
If all one does is RT this, RT that, and send a 💖 #sparkleheart then I ask, what value do you bring?
As always you can feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter @cancergeek
~Cancergeek on behalf of Hank Moody