Once in a while you come across a post that articulates a lot of things simmering in the back of your mind, only stated much better than you would have possibly done. This time it comes courtesy of Brian Oberkirch, talking about just how tired shallow talk of "community" is becoming.
(Just an excerpt, you should check the whole post):
It strikes me that we are at the point in the second act of the Web where things are becoming tedious. Language inexact. People unable to parse innovation from overreach, or, worse, hyperbole. A whole lotta heavy breathing and heavy petting but not enough consummating. The talk has moved from building and connecting to monetizing and M&A.
To wit: community & conversation. Two perfectly functional words neutered by overuse. Worn down to nothing by profligate trading.
Say ‘markets are conversations’ again, motherfucker. I dare ya.
Is it revolutionary when everyone uses the same pickup lines? When I hear someone reify ‘the conversation’ (sic) or ‘the blogosphere’ (sic), or talk about community as though it were a big ol’ shared lump of happiness we are all clinging to like children, I want to reach for a Saz.