“Social media are a means, not an end,” Arianna Huffington.
I recently finished reading Arianna Huffington’s book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. I loved the book and all of Huffington’s wisdom on why it’s important to build a life that’s more than just rushing from one career happening to the next. And, while Huffington’s quote above might not be anything you haven’t considered before, her ideas on how media should use social media resonated with me.
Huffington emphasized that our goal never should be based on a story going viral on social media, instead writing that “the tools are not the story.”
Our job as media is to use social media to tell the stories that matter and those that entertain, Huffington wrote.
But Huffington was quick to point out that we should use social media as a tool for serving the public, not as a measurement of success.
She wrote that we should be mindful, professionally and personally, about our social media use.
Social media can help us bear witness more powerfully or they can help us be distracted more obsessively.”
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