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    • Well, there are some people who are actually influencing other people. Trey Ratcliff is a perfect example of someone like that. He has opinions and talks about things going on in the world that he feels like are important and influential to him, and in return some people are influenced by that. Nothing wrong with that.
      But I tend to agree with you that a lot of what passes for an actual person online often is just wishful artifacts of what is an actual person. We very rarely allow our darker demons and uglier inner thoughts to filter through online. We naturally show mostly the best of ourselves, which of course has very little to do with who you really are. The older I get the less intrested I am in associating with people who only feel comfortable revealing the best sides of themselves. The ugly sides, the darker sides, that humanity, is far more interesting and relevant and truthful to me. And that's what I'm intrested in. Its very hard to ever get that online. Heck, its hard to get that in person. But that's what I'm in search of and interested in investing time in.

    • Why the big push to be an “online influencer?”

      This summer I attended two concerts of bands that were big in the 1970s and 80s. The first band played horribly, spent a ridiculous amount of time on costume changes(!), and made me want both my money and time lost back.

      The other performer was a craftsman. His voice sounded as clear as his recordings from thirty and forty years ago. He played piano and guitar. He took song requests from the audience and actually changed his set list accordingly. I downloaded his greatest hits album to my phone a few days later, the first album I ever bought off of ITunes.

      Some influencers create content that is at that high level of craftsmanship that you want to know where they’re going after Google+ so that you don’t miss out.