The social media have become the new kid on the block everyone likes to either claim or criticize. One day it's the 'new democracy,' another day it's 'mob democracy,' still another it's the way the general public is going brain-dead. So which is it....?
This week the White House gave it new credibility by announcing they will be working it to get voters to motivate their representatives about the 'fiscal cliff.' Watching the film 'Lincoln' you can just imagine what ol' Abe would have done with Facebook and Twitter to lasso his votes for the 13th Amendment.
Politics aside, what exactly have the social media done to us? At this early stage, a few guesses:
* Economically ~ If you're blue collar, not much. I mean you live from paycheck to paycheck so who the hell has extra money to bet with faster stock transactions and margin buying? If you're white collar, it may just mean you can lose your money on the markets quicker than ever.
Either way, now you have more speed in your hands than your brain knows what to do with!
* Educationally ~ If you're a teacher, the social media have probably become your rival. No longer do you get the chance to be the font-of-all-wisdom in front of the room. If you're a student, you can access reference sources like Google for more answers than your teacher has questions.
Either way, learning has changed forever. Now the problem isn't so much finding but selecting!
* Socially ~ If you're out-of-the-office, out-of-town, or just out-of-it, that little widget can put you into instant contact with 'them.' Only now, 'them' can find you and do the same whether you want to be contacted or not.
Unless of course you're a teenage girl. In their case they've pretty much confused Silicon Valley by using their widgets to be in Virtual contact with everybody except the ones with whom they're sitting there in Actual contact!
And so another day in our species' eternal search to figure out: Exactly what am we doing here....?
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