Those are the words of the great John Prine from his classic song, “Angel from Montgomery” which was made famous by Bonnie Raitt. The beleaguered housewife living an empty life with an uncommunicative spouse. But it seems that there are plenty of people who go to work in the morning and have plenty to say when they get home. Everyone talks about Facebook as the hub for social networking and, in a way, it is. But seeing pictures of kids that belong to someone you only vaguely remember from high school is just the tip of a much more interesting iceberg.
I’m not saying that Facebook is useless or that I don’t use it. It’s just not as interesting as many other places. Before social networking really took off, there was an aristocracy of opinion. The large daily newspapers, magazines like The New Yorker…this was where the so-called “Thought Leaders” would hang their hats. There was a second tier of literary journals and local publications that I would find while traveling, read and forget. But now sites like www.wordpress.com and other blogging sites are making it clear that there are many people out there who are not professional writers or pundits that are very interesting people with plenty to say. For all the talk of our failing educational system, many of them are young people. It makes for great reading and it also makes feel a bit more hopeful for the future.
I still have fears that in a decade or two, 140 characters is going to seem like a hardback book as attention spans shrink. But I do think that there are plenty of bright people out there with lots to say and they now have a place to go. The trick is finding them. You can. It’s worth it.