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the in(tellectual) crowd
intrepid media's latest book is a group effort
by joe procopio (@jproco)
10.2.09
writing

Great Things Will Happen Today! It's out. It's done. Stick a fork in it. Now I can take a day off and start working on IM2009, which I SWEAR will be out in February. WHOO-DOG! Anyway, I'll get to the book in a minute.

I hate jumping in front of the shark.

Call it trendsetting, call it prescient, call it jamming your finger in the earhole that is the cultural pulse, and here's where I shoot my stupid mouth off, but I'm constantly ahead of the curve with Intrepid Media. Even though this sounds like a good problem to have, I'm not bragging -- that would require me to have millions of dollars and my own personal space program. That's not me. What's me is kinda-sorta figuring out the next big thing and then flailing it about with a modicum of success until someone coins an awkward term for said thing and finds a way to go all Twitter with it.

Twitter. Yeah, I signed up this week. I had voodoo going on against Twitter. Bad voodoo. Dark voodoo. But ultimately ineffective voodoo, seeing as Twitter is now worth slightly more than the revised US 2008 GDP.

Thanks, Lehman Brothers!

Intrepid Media was an online community before there were online communities. We were blogging before there were blogs. We were a social network before there were social networks. Plus we invented the electric guitar. Now, I'll let you pick which one of those isn't true. Frankly, I don't care, because, I'll state again, I'm not bragging here, I'M BEATING MY HEAD AGAINST THE WALL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY I'M NOT RICH YET!

I know. The haircut. I've been hearing that since high school.

However, it can't be just the haircut (and the propensity to call everyone "chief"), and I think I've figured it out. It's mostly the fact that I don't like being what other people can easily put in a box. And I'm not alone here, I'll bet you the cost of a decent beer that you're the same way on a personal level. I don't like Intrepid Media being called a social network in the same way I don't like being thought of as "white" or a "geek" or "handsome." I mean, yeah, I'm all of that, but I'm more than that.

So much more.

The thing is, we live with this in our day to day, we're accustomed to it, but this kind of thing sucks on the web because here everyone's pretty much flailing about in their own right until they wrap their brains around "Twitter" or "MySpace" and latch onto whatever definition everyone agrees on.

But MySpace is really just AngelFire. And Facebook is Angelfire without the web-pages. And Twitter is just Angelfire without complete sentences.

My God, how far do we deconstruct? Are we going back to AIM and Java-based chat rooms where we all just sit around and toss smileys and whip sounds at each other. I don't understand the kids today already.

The book. I'm getting to it.

So to put myself out of my own damn misery I will start admitting to those things of which I am and Intrepid is and let the chips fall where they may.

Intrepid is a community.
Intrepid is a blog.
Intrepid is a social network.

The book... the book is crowd-sourced.

Great Things Will Happen Today is a book, and it's a damn good one. It's funny, it's interesting, it's historical, even if we are only looking back to 2008 and even if we're doing it somewhere in the void between instant history (year-end round-ups) and history history (where's my nostalgic grunge-com?).

But more importantly, Great Things is the work of the Intrepid Media community, the community who blogged on Intrepid Media throughout 2008, and then we used the Intrepid Media social network to recognize the best content.

That's crowd-sourcing. Well, almost. It's close, but it's so much more.

But at least now I'll admit to it.


ABOUT JOE PROCOPIO

Joe Procopio trades in pop culture and tech culture, allowing him to poke fun at so many things. He's written for a number of online and offline publications from the late, lamented Smug to the fancy-pants Chicago Tribune and also for television. He's a novelist, a shredder, a joker, and a family man. Scoff at joeprocopio.com or follow on Twitter @jproco.

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COMMENTS

candy green gustavson
10.4.09 @ 9:58a

Joe, just getting my head around what you've had going on here while I was online chatting and arguing around the world. Am finally settled enough to write with a sense of place and a point of view. Just a tad of wisdom sown your way: plants that grow the fastest usually don't live the longest and it's very hard to plant a big seed (small seeds/big oaks, etc)...so be encouraged!

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