Technology & Media

(WB 12)

In our day and age, technology almost seems to be synonymous with media. The media that we previously experienced in its original “true” form, like print newspapers, magazines and books, movies and TV shows shot on film, music listened to on an actual radio or on a disk like LP’s or CD’s – everything can now be accessed digitally online! The technology today is quite overwhelming, and it’s hard for “old” media to catch on and not loose money in the process. Why buy a magazine/newspaper when you can read the articles online for free? Why go to the movies when you can stream/download the same movie online for free? Why buy a CD when you can listen to the album online for free?

The biggest kind of media online though has to be social media. While sites like Facebook (and it’s predecessors Friendster, MySpace etc) originally started out as sites used for finding and keeping contact with friends, it’s sooooo much bigger now. I sometimes use Facebook to talk to friends, but mostly I use it for other purposes; getting news from newspapers – updated instantly, getting news from my favorite artists, restaurants, stores, TV shows etc! The same goes for Twitter, I think I follow about 3 friends, and the rest of my 100+ follow list consists of people and organizations I’ve never met.

Social media has it’s good and bad sides though, because while it enables us to be instantly updated with what goes on around the world and with our friends, we also seem to spend less time IRL with them. I can talk to my friends on Facebook messenger instead of actually SPEAKING to them or even meeting them. I hope that parents of today’s kids are aware of this and don’t let them stay too long in front of the computer, chatting with friends instead of playing outside together. But then again, who am I to judge? Just because I grew up thinking a childhood should be relieved playing outside with your friends (just like my parents, and their parent, and so on…) are used to it being this way does not mean it’s the RIGHT way. We’re in for quite the paradigm shift, who know what’s going to happen in the future?

This video became viral about a year ago and now it’s probably forgotten… I still love it though, and it has some very valid points!


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