Monday, September 26, 2011

Europe's lagging internet culture - Marc van der Chijs

Shanghai-based serial internet entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs tells on his weblog how the internet culture in Europe is lagging, as he talks to a conference of future corporate leaders, who still have to find out the world has changed behind their backs. Unsettling, when you are used to China.

Marc van der Chijs:
This morning I was surprised by two of the speakers when they among others discussed the use of Twitter and Facebook. English politician Lord Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick (Global Head of Citizenship at KPMG) and Prof. Joachim Bitterlich (former foreign policy advisor to Helmut Kohl and currently a.o. board member at Veolia) both argued that Twitter and Facebook lead to a focus on short term decision making and don’t allow you to step back and take a longer term view. Having that opinion is fine of course, but not when you first announce that you don’t use Twitter and Facebook! It’s so typical that people who don’t use social media seem to be the biggest critics of it.
More from a shocked Marc van der Chijs at his weblog

Marc van der Chijs is a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. Do you need him at your meeting or conference? Do get in touch.
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