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Does communication need a 'pause button?'

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1. Patricia Pomerleau CEOExpressSelect Member
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     (7/10/2019 12:45:54 PM)
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From 'BREAKING NEWS' to mundane messages, do we really benefit by the instanicity of being able to send words and pictures at the speed of light?

Have you ever said or sent something and, upon reflection, or the gods forbid ó new information ó regretted hitting SEND ? Writing in The Atlantic, editor Jonathan Rauch pondered why we naturally assume faster must be better. Excerpts:

For a long time, through the internetís first and second generations, people naturally assumed that faster must be better; slowness was a vestige of a bygone age, a technological hurdle to be overcome. What they missed is that human institutions and intermediaries often impose slowness on purpose. Slowness is a social technology in its own right, one that protects humans from themselves.

As a group, consumers are terrible editors. Many are poorly informed, inaccurate, biased, manipulable, sloppy, impulsive, or self-serving. And even though some are not, the bad can quickly drive away the good.

Imagine a simple change. A user creates a post or video on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or wherever. She presses the button to post it. And then Ö she waits. Only after an interval does her post go live. The interval might be 10 minutes, or it might be an hour, or it might be user-selected.

During that interval, something might happen. The user might receive a warning that a factual claim in her post had been disputed by leading fact-checkers. Facebook already provides such warnings, offering fact-checkersí appraisals and asking users whether they wish to proceed anyway. Or, if she chose, her post might be routed to a handful of trusted friends, who might advise her that she was about to tweet herself out of a job. Or, toward the end of the interval, she might be required to view a screen displaying her post and asking, 'Are you sure youíre ready to share this with the world? Remember, it will be out there forever.' Meanwhile, algorithms and humans could ensure that she isnít posting a snuff video.

The Atlantic:
Rauch closes by reminding us, 'Instanicity is hard to walk away from.'
  • What do you think? Ponder, then post?

  • If given the opportunity, would you impose a time delay on yourself?

  • We doubt anyone doesn't regret something said or sent over the years. Would a delay have helped you then?

  • Do you think government and business would benefit by a little informational friction?

Ponder before you post, eh?

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2. R Fahrbach
     (7/14/2019 11:05:57 AM)
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No. Everyone can say anything they please, always.

3. D Robb
     (7/14/2019 11:10:14 AM)
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IMO the problem is with the most popular methods of communication we are using. We donít have enough face-to-face communication.
Social media allows us to express our views without getting the feedback that used to temper our opinions and naturally brought us to the center.
Tweeting (especially that done by trump) is more like writing on bathroom walls than an honest attempt at dialogue and communication. Itís focus on the awful views of his base clearly shows trumpís disinterest in doing what the majority want.

4. R Fahrbach
     (7/14/2019 11:26:59 AM)
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Let me help you here...

In other words, communication is fine except when people you don't approve of say things you don't like.


5. D Robb
     (7/14/2019 11:33:36 AM)
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No, Communication, by definition, is the conveying of information and ideas. At its best, it is the beginning of a dialogue to distill the best ideas into solutions.
It is not meant to be the discharge of effluent pumped from the dark septic tank of a bigoted mind which is what a lot of social media is - virtually all of the president's tweets.

6. R Fahrbach
     (7/14/2019 11:42:02 AM)
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Lol. ...and drobb thinks only he can dictate who is speaking in good taste and who is not: that his views are 'self-evident' and unassailable (because he sees more like a loving woman then a gritty mean male ((in his own words))).

Santa is a gritty male - and like he says... Ho, Ho, Ho.

7. Stewart Riley
     (7/14/2019 11:43:32 AM)
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Our communication doesn't need a pause button, but that's largely because we humans already have one built in... our brains. How much better would our communications be if more of us acted on that very old but still relevant adage, "think before you speak." The problem is and has always been, even before instantaneous communication, that people uncritically absorb and pass on (or express for themselves) things that they would never communicate if they'd actually engage their brains and think about what they're saying. Unfortunately, there isn't and never will be a solution for human rashness, gullibility, and foolishness. Some people will continue to use their natural pause buttons while others will continue with their headlong dash to prove themselves fools.

8. T Cavanagh CEOExpressSelect Member
     (7/14/2019 12:43:31 PM)
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Wow, common ground! A meeting of the minds?

I have noticed, as well as many colleagues, that face time is making a comeback in business relationships.

American business has run through the gamut of communication tools from the onset of the fax machine to FaceTime.

What is now lacking is personal contact, a skill I am afraid to say that is becoming extinct, I suppose it is a victim of productivity. But without it there is absolutely no trust building, or loyalty

Relationships are becoming one of.

The next major change will be A.I., 20 - 30 years from now, maybe sooner.

Some BOA branches have installed interactive flat screens to replace actual bank tellers. CVS is installing self check outs

As far as filters go, us humans still control the technology. Spellcheck, grammar check, only a fool would not review their words

Bytes cannot be erased, only over written, people such as Colin Powell and John Podesta learned this the hard way, and therein lies the real danger

One can always deny they said something verbally, it is very problematic to erase if it was recorded, but electronically it is impossible, 128 byte technology, 128 switches on or off

What you communicate electronically is permanent, most people seem to forget that, the NSA has it, Mooreís Law most effected gigabytes, storage is cheap, why else would Amazon get into the Cloud business

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9. T Cavanagh CEOExpressSelect Member
     (7/14/2019 12:47:54 PM)
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Listening is 50% of communications

Our Beta Male Hero is always waiting to talk, a very low skill set. Worst, like FB, Twitter, Google, he desires to censor speech that he deems offensive

Message edited by user at 7/14/2019 12:54:05 PM

10. D Robb
     (7/14/2019 12:49:11 PM)
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Still reduced to posting what you want to believe about other posters because you have nothing to say. Sad and pathetic, Robert. It's hard to be a trumpite. We feel your pain.
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