You don’t have to live in public

Austin Kleon, Jul 05, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Austin Kleon discusses the topic of his recent book Show Your Work! and emphasizes that " It isn’t a book about living in public, it’s a book about working in public. It is, I think, about sharing your work with intention, and using the technology available to you to connect directly with the audience you seek." He's responding to recent criticism about the use (and overuse) of social media, and especially Jaron Lanier's recent book 10 Reasons for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now. Kleon says, "It’s not a particularly well-written book (Franklin Foer’s review is worth reading — he calls it '“less polished' than Lanier’s other books and, even, 'hokey') but it has an important message." Readers will recall that I quit Facebook almost two years ago, though I can still be found on Twitter and Mastodon, as well as on a quiet Google+ account.

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