Two Vastly Different Takes on Social Media,
This video from the UK is a poignant poem about our digital device habits and what we are missing out on. It has gotten almost five million views since its release last week! This is a must watch video on our social media culture. “This media we call social is anything but, when we open our computers and it’s our doors we shut”… “This media we call social is anything but, when we open our computers and it’s our doors we shut”… Or do we? Yes, I would go back to the milkman anyday, but that just ain’t happening. Love this quote from Digital Trends: “Normal, well-adjusted people use social media responsibly. They know when to stop, and teach their kids to do the same.”
‘Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone and is a spoken word for the “online” generation. Written, performed and directed by Gary Turk, it is an extremely important life lesson for our youth. Children are growing up in a world where they don’t play outside or communicate with their friends. It seems today everything is done via text message or over the Internet.
1. Challenging the Status Quo
Before we could reach out to anyone on the planet, did we ever see anything as amazing as the projects and successes associated with challenged paradigms in the world? With collective marketplaces that match previously disconnected buyers and sellers, fans of every color, ‘it takes a village‘ projects like Open Source, and collective effort never before seen in the world. We are challenging the status quo, building things, creating things, connecting with each other, self-organizing around important issues, and yes, changing the world little bit by little bit.
2. Changed by Exposure to Diversity
We pay attention to the small details of people’s lives, delight over their family photos, and share at the level of family with a whole bunch of people. We’re supported when we need to be. We talk about issues and conundrums and joys. People are connecting and being exposed to both comfortable and diverse perspectives. That will serve us well.
3. Support is Now Visible
4. Learn More from Each Other
We learn from each other. You can find everything from make-up tips to channeled extraterrestrial messages on YouTube. And if you have ever doubted that kids are learning things these days, check out this very interesting exchange between a student and his English teacher.
5. Crowd Sourced Wisdom
We share our knowledge, wisdom and experiences. Quora is a place where you can ask any question in the world, and expect a reasonable answer.
6. Creativity and Inspiration is Unleashed
We share our creative ideas and inspirations. Pinterest has redefined the digital portfolio/catalog.
7. Increased Appreciation of the Unique and Handmade
We still have a healthy respect for the unique and the handmade. Etsy has enabled many a domestic entrepreneur and infused our culture with an amazing richness of creativity.
8. Truth is Exposed
We still haunt Twitter waiting for a cause or idea to support. Retweets are our weapon in an effort to expose information and transform thinking. It’s still an incredibly powerful tool, as its signal cannot be easily stopped (following censorship laws or not). ’Can’t stop the signal!’
9. We are More Authentic
People in the social media space are finally talking more about authenticity, which might help minimize some of the junkier parts of our lovely information city.
10. Anyone can Contribute
We acknowledge that everyone has something to contribute, as long as you’re nice about it.
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