Real Skills and Digital Modernity

The era of the digital eschews a hollow politics of symbolisms, rhetoric, and of political correctness. All the barrage of likes, shares and comments are click bait activism. Fill in a protest and share, not quite realising that we have successfully registered purse on the surveillance roster. These feel good measures extend to crowdsourcing projects. Some are phenomenally successful, as myself have done a fantastic crowdsourcing initiative in Singapore. The sad reality is, the funds end and people move on to the next flavour of the season.

Real initiatives need real work on the ground; tough, brutal and thankless work in building real skills over years; where it is a digital archive or an activism platform, it requires business skills: fundraising, operations, outreach with the real project activity. There is a reason why successful business people are respected.

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