Why I like Social Networks.

This past week has been a real eye opener about how important social networking has become to our society. Sure, they’re great for keeping in touch with people and letting everyone know what you’re up too…but that’s not the main reason they are so important. The main story in the news and media for a little over a week has been over the controversial Iranian election and the protests that are going on currently. The Iranian government has made it extremely difficult for any foreign media to get first hand knowledge of what is going on. I watch CNN mostly, and they have constantly been talking about how hard it has been for their journalist to get any real idea about what is going on over there.

One of the main sources of research for the media has been social networking sites…primarily Facebook and twitter. On CNN I saw them actually show a Facebook page of where they were getting some of their information. Because of twitter, they are able to know what the Iranian people are twittering about and what they are experiencing during this time. It was because of YouTube, that we were able to see the shooting of the girl “Neda”. Social networks have made it so easy to get news as it is happening, instead of after the fact.

I don’t own a TV, and so my main way of seeing what’s on the news is through my news podcasts. However, I now follow CNN on twitter and they regularly update about any breaking news. I was able to find out about the Washington Metro Crash just shortly after it happened. Also, twitter has a side bar called “trendy topics” where it shows what a lot of people on twitter are twittering about. This can be a great way to see what a lot of people in the word are dealing with right now.

My sister in law just joined Facebook for the first time…and I’m so proud of her :). I don’t understand why some people are so reluctant to join any of the social networking sites. This is such a huge part of our culture. It seems to be the best way to know what’s going on with those close to you and the world.

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3 comments on “Why I like Social Networks.

  1. This was the original intention for the internet. If you look up the history of the internet, you’ll find it’s intention was to connect people from all over the world to join as one big community. That was the intention with Wikipedia, Craigslist, and now facebook and myspace.

    Now the only issue is people are becoming so dependent on the social networking sites that it is desensitizing a lot of what makes cultures so diverse and great.

    The fear that some people have about social networks is the exposure of personal information. They become so fearful that they allow that fear to tell them it’s not safe, therefore not worth joining.

    I for one have enjoyed facebook because it connects me to all of my barbershop buds around the world. and because of facebook, I know have 3 people who live in fort collins who were able to find me and get a hold of me to offer a ride every tuesday to denver for chorus rehearsal.

    It was also because of facebook where Eric Dalbey was able to find me and quickly call me to ask if I wanted a free vocal spectrum CD one month in advance before the album came out!

    It’s been nice and fun.

  2. I’m not exactly sure what you mean when you say “it’s desensitizing a lot of what make cultures so diverse and great.”

  3. “it’s desensitizing a lot of what make cultures so diverse and great.”

    The internet is to help bring the world into one unifying community. But to do this, everyone must adapt to a single mindset of what social networking is. That means buying a computer, having internet access, and so on and so forth.

    The world now becomes so dependent on technology and cultures that were based on the family now will stray away from that fundamental concept.

    Families, even western families, before technology (in the sense that we think of it) even existed, families would get together and entertain themselves by singing, telling stories, etc etc. Entertainment was found in the pages of books, and stories.

    Social networking is all about keeping everyone connected and having instant access to that connectivity. It desensitizes our needs. Social networking has caused people to feel like they NEED to be connected, that they NEED to socialize in any way possible. The attention span of your typical middle school boy or girl lasts no longer than the time it takes to flush a toilet, and I believe it’s due to Social networking.

    It’s instant gratification. Now we can stay connected on our phones, laptops, computers at schools, twitter, etc etc. Cultures around the world, through out history found different means of creating community. Social networking will be the end of that, and the beginning of the “one touch” era.

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