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The notion of social media: is it possible to isolate oneself from it for at least 1 day?
This is my first gromco note, I mean, if we don’t take into account that this is my third try though. But whatever, so yeah. We’ve discussed the notion of social media and its influence on our life, on our society. And I’d like to say that I’ve tried this, you know, thing when you isolate yourself from the social media and you try to spend a day-off, so to say. This didn’t go well. I mean, this didn’t just go the way I expected it. It’s fine. I still couldn’t, you know, isolate myself completely. I had to call my mum, I had to check some work-related stuff. You can’t do this, because you, students, tend to, sort of, notify me that you’re not going to have a lesson. So, I have to check telegram at least once a day. What I’ve noticed is that that was a real moment of clarity. Like my head had never been this clear as it was that day. No thoughts, no stupid memes, no stupid, catchy songs playing there. I was actually so happy in that moment because I could do whatever I wanted. The thing is that I’ve noticed is that there were so-so many things that were really for me to do, I just didn’t know where to start from, that was difficult. Though the most productive day of all my week-days. And, what I wanted to say is that I will definitely try this thing one more time later, and I will be actually incorporating that. And, you know, I want to tailor such a habit into my life because I believe we shouldn’t overuse social media and rely on it too much, especially in this age of information, it’s just overwhelming, you can’t keep up with it, it’s impossible. So, the question for you is: “Have you ever tried this technique?”, and if you have, what is your experience on that? Especially, I would like to know to what extent you could, you know, limit yourself. If you haven’t tried it yet, would you like to? If yes – I hope it’s a “yes” here, - yeah, I’d be so grateful to hear from you later on in the same section, I would like to know about your experience, what you could do, how you felt, what you did during that day, and especially “what was the most difficult thing in doing this?”, because for me it was so tempting. On that day, I was watching YouTube videos for education purposes, I was learning some stuff, and it was so difficult for me not to go into the comment section and not to read them because all those people, I just was so curious whether people had the same thoughts. Yeah, so. That’s it, I guess. This will be just a small note (it’s almost 5 minutes now, not that small, I guess). Share your thoughts in the same section what you think about such practices, when you try it, I would like to ask you to share some notes later on as well, in the same thread. So, yeah. That’s it, I think. Let me listen to it now. I hope that my microphone is not that bad. See you!
What we are building
So, now that we've got this awkward first post out of the way, I'd like to explain what it is that we're building here, but I have to preface my explanation with a disclaimer that this thing is an early-stage startup project, and it just might end up doing what's known as a pivot. That said, the way we see it right now, Gromco is a low-barrier tool for publishing interactive short-form podcast-y content. Let me try to unpack those three things. The most important of them is interactive, and what it means is that each post, or an episode if you like, can, and should, invite audience feedback, ideally using the same medium – for example, voice. So this is the reply button that you see everywhere. Short-form, well, that's pretty self-explanatory, we just don't envision people posting long content, and podcast-y means that it's kind of like podcasting, but with audience participation. So we'll make this thing compatible with legacy players, like Apple and Spotify, we'll do it through the magic of RSS, and so people will be able to consume your Gromco voice blog using those apps. But crucially, you don't need to know much about these technical underpinnings, you don't need to know much about RSS, or even podcasting to start. If you can speak into a microphone and press a button, you're in. So hopefully this makes things clearer, if not, the reply button is right there.
Well, hello there. I guess this is the first post, which means that if we're very lucky, it may one day be auctioned off as an NFT. Maybe. Assuming, of course, that NFTs are still around when that day comes. Which brings me to the question part of my inaugural post: whither NFTs? Is there a future?