The year is 1991. Television is the common thread of most Americans. Shows like Saturday Night Live are experienced, in real time, by the majority of the viewing public.
It’s on one of these SNL episodes, on February 9th, 1991 to be specific, that a character played by Al Franken was introduced to the world. The character’s name was Stuart Smalley, and in hindsight, I think it’s clear that he was in fact the godfather of social networks.
For those of you that are too young, or just don’t remember, Stuart Smalley was the star of a self-help skit called “Daily Affirmation With Stuart Smalley” where he would often look into a mirror and state “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and Doggone it, people like me!”.
…and when you think about it, every time you post a status update or share something on the ‘social web’, you are basically saying the same thing.
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