20 Media Lessons

My favorites:

1. The complexity of the medium is inversely proportional to the eloquence of the message.

3. The best medium for the nonlinear narrative is the linear page.

5. The introduction of digital tools has never improved the quality of an art form.

8. Facebook’s profitability is directly tied to the shallowness of its members: hence its strategy.

From Nicholas Carr: “Media & Expression: Theses in Tweetform“.

That last one is reminiscent of Douglass Rushkoff’s frequent reminders that we are not Facebook’s customer, we are its product.

I post this because I’m skeptical of literature online at a gut level, and when tech savvy folks like Carr validate my skepticism, I listen up.