This post will be of very little interest to most of you. Most of you come to EMCrit to hear about resuscitation and ED Critical Care. It may therefore come as a surprise to you that it seemingly has been pure luck that has kept us, in our naiveté, from mucking it up over the years.
The Fates must have been looking out for us here at EMCrit, because we've just been bumbling through this social media world like lost, little, slightly-delayed children. Luckily, a whole new wave of folks have arrived to give us the structure we've been lacking. You should immediately read about these brave souls willing to wade into the morass and chaos of existing social media and build something beautiful from the mess we've been making:
So, as always, my desired format for a response is audio. You can listen here:
Editors Note: In the piece I've been told there could be some confusion as to the target of my vitriol, so to be clear: I think I know each and every one of the self-identified 3rd wave. I think these people are swell and have contributed a huge amount to FOAM. My ire is solely towards the idea of structuralizing FOAM, not against the individuals that are doing so. Was also asked to change the end language, and I have gladly complied. It is about the ideas, not the people.
I am reprinting Simon Carley's comments from the original Waves post here, because I believe he sums up beautifully the problems many of us have: