Authority

What is it? Who has it? Who wants it? Why? Where are they? I’m here today to tell you, I don’t know. However, there are others out there that would have you think, say, act, or do differently. Because they have it.

And by it, I mean something that The Law!!! doesn’t recognize….

Why, you ask? Or, maybe you didn’t. Again, I don’t  know.

Previously, I’ve discussed how truly nobody knows anything. Now that you have this information, what should you do with it? Well, I choose to claim authority in all things having to do with nothing, or in this case, a mathematical calculation of a philosophical concept.

To wit: As opposed, to twit: If I have 35K+ followers on Twitter, while at the same time, following roughly the same amount, how do I get any work done? Or, the actual question I started to ask, do I have the authority to make grandiose pronouncements? How do I effectively use my theoretical one million plus Myspace friends to my advantage?

Let’s find out together, shall we? We don’t have to mind you, as you can get off this ride at any time. As opposed to anytime. In any case, I can’t, as I haven’t made my word count yet. Confused? Good! Then you’re starting to understand.

Any mathematical formula that you come up with will fall woefully short. Simply because, you can’t have authority in everything. Why are 35K plus people listening to me? Well, go ask them. Maybe I know something they don’t, in which case, my information has value. To them.

Otherwise, if they already know what I know, what I say or do or even think, isn’t as valuable. Think of it: Information I have, may have different value to others. Am I an authority to those that already know what I know? Well, maybe I am.

I may be able to disseminate the information differently than they. There ‘they’ are again. The theoretical ‘they’ of whom we know little if anything about. What if I don’t care what ‘they’ have to say? In this case, ‘they’ have no authority, and none should be given to them. I have an extremely diverse background, and yet, I’m sure there are others out there that I can learn from in my various fields of endeavor.

I will give them authority, when requested. Not before. Until such time as I need their expertise, their information, or even data, may not be useful. N.B. There is a difference between data and information. Information is how you disseminate the data. Or, mine it. But as always, that’s another post for another blog that I don’t necessarily write for.

Did you know that grammatically, it’s now ok to end a sentence in a preposition? I just found this out recently, from a grammarian, that I gave authority to. As opposed to which I gave authority. It’s interesting, and even fascinating to note at this point that the root word of authority is, you guess it, author.

Who created the information in the first place? They should probably be the ultimate authority over it. We may interpret it differently, at which point, The Law!!! comes into play. Scary, isn’t it?
Well, maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t. The doom and gloom you hear preached on almost a daily basis by the media elite is at best, an illusion. Ultimately, the media should be reporting the facts, and not interpreting them, to their own ends.

Those that would claim authority over their various niches, should indeed realize that they may not be the authority they think they are. There ‘they’ are again. ‘They’ seem to be everwhere. Who are ‘they?’ ‘They’ are not us, as we are not one of ‘them.’

I’m sure this will all make sense one day, to someone that reads it this far. As for me, I choose to end here. For now. Tune in next week when the random ramblings of this Idea Master go off on yet another tangent.

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#FollowFriday Frenzy

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Once again, it’s that time again. Redundancy is, redundant. Allow the stream of consciousness exercise while I gather my thoughts for today’s topic. Twitter has destroyed my writing ability. Not really. I’ve just been saying that a lot lately. 140 characters to get your point across. Not 140 words mind you, which would make up a small paragraph, or a very long sentence, much like this one. Characters. Say it with me. 8 bits of info, times 140. Well, 7 if you’re not using standard ASCII. Who remembers what that stands for? I won’t stand for it? How many words in a blog post, anyway?

Well, if you’ve been following me this far, it means you really want my opinion on what has become a Twitter phenomenon, Follow Friday. Now, I wrote it as a hashtag in the title, simply because I think Twitterfeed will post the title to Twitter when it decides to well, feed Twitter.

Have I really said anything relevant yet? That’s for you to decide. My simple opinion is this: I like Follow Friday. If nothing else, it gives me something to do with my time, besides attempting to be funny 100% of the time. I saw someone post something entitled, “Follow Friday, Too Much of a Good Thing?” the other day, so, consider this a response. I believe that followers are one of the many things that you can’t have too many of. A tradition was started, and as with most things Twitter, it flourished. Embrace it. Don’t complain about it. If you don’t like it, of course, as with all things Twitter, you can ignore it. Don’t participate. Don’t fault me when I do, and once again, don’t tell me how to Twitter!!!

Okay, that last was a bit harsh, but it’s how I believe Twitter works best, everyone chooses how they find it most effective for them. I’ve never claimed to be a social media expert, and I reject those that do, for the most part. But since you might be here to find out some good stuff, I may be obligated to give it to you. And, burying the lead gets you to read this far 🙂 Ok, two ways to use the #FollowFriday meme:

  • Give a list of those you think should be followed. You can usually fit about 8 or nine, depending on length of username.
  • Give a reason to follow one of your followers, so that others might know why you’re following them.

Now, as I stated, I’m not the guy to tell you how to tweet, so, either method is acceptable. I have one that I prefer, but I’ll let you figure that out. Simply because, how you decided to Follow Friday, may be different from the way I do it.

Oh, one more thing. Just because someone recommends me, or anyone else to follow, does not mean that you’re obligated to follow them. Furthermore, if someone decides to follow me, based on a recommendation, does not obligate me to follow you.

I guess that’s two things.

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