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“Instant gratification takes too long.”

19 Jul

The above quote is from the character of Suzanne Vale (played by Meryl Streep) in the  movie Postcards from the Edge. Filmed in 1990, the movie is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) about a woman’s struggles with drug addiction and rehab. Sometimes I feel like this quote characterizes my attitude toward social media. How many times a day do I check Facebook? Read other people’s blogs? Watch stupid youtube videos? In the parlance of addiction, the answer is sadly, “Once is too many and a thousand never enough.”

With this blog, and in LIBR 559M, “Social Media for Information Professionals,” I’m interested in exploring how social media can be used effectively and appropriately, without turning into a time-sucking addiction.