As I lie here in the dark of night having been captured by this thought, and now sending it out to the world , I realise that every human being is important.
The advent of blogging, viral media and social networking affirms this more than ever before.
This has however altered the way daily life is lived.
Each event, function,concert,holiday cannot be simply experienced without being twittered,flickred or facebooked
It is all based upon the presumption that everyone in our world is looking out and cares for what we have to say,that we are perpetually on a stage.
Or the grim thought that at our death our history and eulogy is digitally written by our own hand.
The benefits of social media far outweigh the demerits.
However this microwave era, this period of bubblegum life will soon enough come to pass.
This is, to me, made clear in three key aspects in which it has affected our lives.
The first aspect is the lightness with which it comes;a serious message that was once carried in a weighty letter is posted in a microsecond and quickly buried in a mass of meaningless garbage.
This adds in the “cry-wolf” effect, where a serious message is taken lightly. I need not remind you what happened to the boy who cried wolf.
Do you not find it annoying, the multiple media we have to deal with? Today, an afternoon after a hard days work for the typical urban person means skype,email,i-pod,facebook,twitter,flicker,newspaper,tv,radio,sms,phone calls. All this outside direct person to person conversations.
You would think that we are now better at multitasking, but surveys show that persons raised in this media explosion have extremely short attention spans.They can hardly concentrate.
What hurts me most though, is the waning of pure peace and enjoyment of beauty. One no longer basks in a the orange basket of a sunset or sunrise,plunging and losing oneself in its beauty, without first whipping out a camera to “capture”the moment, not knowing the moment was lost once the plunge wasn’t taken, and the decision to be a cold observer behind mirrored steel was made. We will then tumblr it, tweet it, facebook it, stumble upon it, sms it and by the time we are done, it will be dark or high noon,the moment lost in time.
Instead of building addictive habits around our media,we should validate and qualify the importance of our use of the same,and thereafter,use them in moderation.
- Participation In Real-Time Social Media Increased 20% in 2010 (mashable.com)
- How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] (fredzimny.wordpress.com)
- Live Tweeting Shares Your Event with More People (blogs.constantcontact.com)