There is a lot of discussion about the Internet and social media and whether or not they are creating Illegitimate Experts, Gurus, Leaders… or iPhony’s. Lets’ look at the definition of Illegitimate– not in accordance with the principles of valid inference. By this definition the Internet and social media may be creating illegitimate experts, but that’s the beauty of the Internet; a person does not have to be in accordance with a “valid inference.”
In the www. world you have to create your validity and my thought is “If people are listening and if you have an audience, influence, a voice, knowledge, experience, personality, talent, information… that people want to hear, you have just been legitimized” and therefore are not an iPhony.
Let’s take a look at a recent product that in my mind was not legitimate and it’s a product that everyone has seen, The Snuggie. Seriously a backwards robe is not a legitimate product and doesn’t serve a legitimate need. The Snuggie has sold over 4 million backwards robes; therefore legitimizing them. “So who am I and what do I know?”
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure… One woman’s phony is another woman’s expert.
Do you think the Internet and Social Media is Creating Illegitimate Experts, Gurus, Leaders… or iPhony’s? Share Your Thoughts!