Social Media + Exploitation

By a Year 1 CNet student.

What does it mean to be living in the world that bridges us together is only a click away from a mouse? What may be a new medium to keep in touch can be merely deemed as shallowness of a communal escape to this form of alternative reality but I chose to think that it can expand beyond and improve our lives. However hesitantly, I will continue to exploit social media. We’ll work out the kinks.

The zeitgeist of the last few years in the world of social media has led some of us to the point where the social technologies are starting to be looked upon with disdain. However,  wouldn’t it be a great irony if a person of the “it’s about people, abandon the technology” mantra was “blogging” about how the social media gets in the way of communicating in a old fashioned way? and how a person with introverted personality could have a go at being “out” there  through SMS on his/her cellphone and feel none of the social embarrassment and stress associated with a “real world” interaction.

Perhaps social media buys us a ticket to the control we lack in real life socializing: the screen as a barrier between us and the world. I mean……let’s face it, it is indubitable even to deny: social networking is a core feature and an underpinning of nearly every new website I’m sure there are people who spend a considerably large amount of time sharing images, music, or videos on the social networking websites such as Facebook and Myspace. I also have a Facebook profile, with more than 400 “buddies,” most of whom I haven’t even met in person, would  (not anymore) write my “what are you doing” box once in a while to let others to know what I am doing at the moment, and peek at my photos. I Digg. Occasionally, I blog. Facebook could become habitual, like keeping a diary.

After all, it has been a  change and the change is what we hear all the time. It is utilized by many politicians, musicians and billions of others around the world. Because with change comes the promise of something better to hold out for. maybe even a revolution that will completely change the world. Or, at least something that sucks substantially less than it did before. Important too to understand the dynamics of social technology is. In doing so, we are able to be in control rather than be controlled by them.

by Kevin


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