I was proud to see so many Pittsburgh bloggers, podcasters and photographers — the three titles often overlapping — representing social media at Liquid Sundays. The partnership between PodCamp Pittsburgh and the art & music event Liquid Sundays was forged by crossover Social Madia, who blogged about the event in a more linear fashion than I am inclined at GeekStar.com. Despite a lighting issue which was promptly fixed and an audio issue which could not be, the event’s organizers were accommodating to the creators of various forms of social media, even printing and distributing this flyer at the event:
Click on the flyer to see a list of content generated at the event, including the afforementioned bloggers plus Fashionista, Mike Sorg, writing and photography by Kim Reed, and the Wrestling Mayhem Show‘s interview with semi-supergroup Western Plains.
Since this Liquid Sundays was also a fashion show, three general groups of people mixed, stirred, but rarely shook. Afterwords, at a late-night greasy spoon while waiting for Nate the cook, JustAnn and I discussed synergy and community. People not mixing is nothing new outside of a baby in a blender joke, but the conversation stirred something deeper.
I was the most interested when Justin hit on something I’ve been thinking about for a while, which is community in a smaller sense: a group or, often termed in retrospect, a movement. In his biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne, author Henry James wrote “the best things come, as a general thing, from the talents that are members of a group; every man works better when he has companions working in the same line, and yielding the stimulus of suggestion, comparison, emulation.”
More to come…