Crowdsourcing Human Nature

I've been told often enough that I am a fool.
Believing, like Gilligan the gullible, that people are better than they really are.
I know that it's true. Social media killed me, and I am reborn.
Five years ago I started to blog in a serious way. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and assorted other social media outlets followed naturally.
What I learned, by interacting with people online instead of personally, is that humanity shows its best (and worst) face in the crowd.
Usually the former, if your face goes along with your name and the comment.
After a time I think my brain actually changed in response to life online. And digital engagement became almost more real than actual interaction.
Because I would rather believe that people are good, and the online world confirms that predisposition.
It's nice to live in a dreamworld. Here's hoping that humanity will make it real.
Disclaimer: This blog is written by Dannielle Blumenthal in her personal capacity. The opinions expressed here are the author's own and do not reflect the view of the National Archives and Records Administration, or the United States government. Photo credit: David Jenkins via Flickr.


Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal is an author, independent brand researcher, and adjunct marketing professor with 20 years of varied experience. An avid researcher and prolific, creative writer, Dr. Blumenthal's interests span communication, marketing, qualitative media content analysis, political rhetoric, propaganda, leadership, management, organizational development, and more. An engaged citizen, she has for several years worked to raise awareness around child sex trafficking and the dangers of corruption at @drdannielle on Twitter. You can find her articles at Medium, and, and she frequently answers questions on Quora. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own.