This wonderful Betjeman rhyme made me think of Facebook and Twitter – echo chambers in which small acts and small ideas sometimes resonate more than they deserve.
My brain is like an echo chamber too. I spend a lot of time both inside and outside work on a small set of areas (web products, TV, games, entrepreneurship, academia), so sometimes the mix of stuff in my brain gets homogenous.
That’s why it’s important to read, watch, listen and discuss widely.
I’m busting holes in the echo chamber in my head with a book on scientific anomalies – 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense – and when I go for a run tomorrow I’ll listen to the In Our Time episode on the history of scepticism in philosophy.
All the best ideas come from connecting things together. The wider you cast the net, the better.