*When the Beatles appeared on their historical Ed Sullivan show this conversation occurred:
Attendant: Are you nervous?
Paul: No, we are felling good.
Attendant: You should be, there are 73 million people watching!
Paul: (grumpy) Well! Thanks a lot!*
This may be not so pointless, so I put it here.
This is something that recently got to me: I realized, before joining this message board, that this was already a worldwide phenomenon. But, it was for practical purposes, small and relatively out of the radar of Internet surfers.
IMO this is now beginning to turn into a well-known area throughout the world. I am talking of course of the message boards, not only of Cecil’s column.
My point here is: knowing that, will you take into account the worldwide numerical reach of this board when posting? Will the realization that in the near future hundreds of thousands could read your points and opinions, make you modify some of your posts? Your flames? Your grammar?
I remember hearing about microphone or camera fear; you think there could be something like “posting fear” in an environment like that?
Personally, I will work more with my grammar; on other issues I will still post as usual. (For the small place flavor I will go to Fathom and the UnaBoard)
How will you deal with the SDMB getting into “primetime”?
Okay, on a serious note, I already do take it into account. What you see on this board is my public persona – my private persona, while still the same me, reveals different aspects of myself than does my public persona. (Or at any rate, I like to think it does!) In any thread that is “open to the world,” I try (try being the operative word) to be more calm and rational and more private and observe social customs more than I would in an informal gathering among friends.
But really, this is all speculation. I could just be the same everywhere. All this really means is that I’ll annoy GIGObuster in front of millions of people instead of thousands.
First of all, the total number of views for most of the threads is still just a few hundred. But more importantly, I don’t think that there’s any danger of microphone fear or cmera fear taking over here, because most of us post anonymously, without providing any connection between our screen names and our real-life selves. While it’s true that I’d rather not embarrass myself with bad spelling or grammar or other mistakes on the SDMB, the motivation isn’t nearly as strong as it is when I write anything that my real-life friends or coworkers will see.
I’ll be the same fount of technical and nerdy knowledge I’ve always been, boosting Linux no matter how large or small the crowd. When the mood strikes, I’ll still post utterly incomprehensible ramblings, engage in heated debates, and parbroil my infamous enemies in the Pit.
The World never changed for me. Why should I change for the World?