CORDKILLERS

I subscribed to cordkillers a podcast about “Helping you watch the TV shows and movies when you want where you want and on what ever darn device you please”. I really liked it because they talk about how to stop playing for services like cable and still be able to watch what you want to! if you want to you can subscribe HERE.Image

Kyle Fischer

The Decline of Person to Person Social Interaction

Generation Like” is a documentary brought to us through PBS Frontline. This documentary looks into the world of social media and how the “like” button has taken the world by storm. People have begun comparing their “self-worth” with the amount of “likes” they are able to get through their social media profiles. Because of this, and the ability to manipulate the populace through (social) media, the world has become dependent on the world of social media in order for them to feel better about themselves.

Not only have people become dependent on social media for their self-worth, they also feel that because others have easily become “famous” from sites such as YouTube and Instagram they can too. Because of this people have began exploiting themselves in order to reach their desired fame. Through this “fame” they are able to get the long wanted validation that they so desperately want. The need to be famous, to become a product, has been deeply embedded into us though marketing and the companies that control those markets.

Through social media, companies are able to track what is trending, what the hot thing for the moment is, through tracking what people are talking about. Not only that, companies are able to manipulate the conversation to what they want people talking about, in turn manipulating the people to what what they have to offer. Which in the long run is exactly what they want, they are trying to sell.

Social Media has become a monster in and of itself. In my opinion people have replaced real life person to person interaction  for social media. We are slowly losing the appeal of live social interaction, and people have become providers for products, a content producer for companies, without even knowing it. Whether this is a good or a bad thing, time will only tell. I just hope that we don’t completely lose ourselves in this social shuffle, and continue to venture outside and enjoy the world around us, not just our front room.

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Picture provided by: http://www.v3im.com/2011/10/how-fast-is-social-media-growing

By: Nicole Stoddard

LEVERAGE: The Lord and his serfs… Sound Familiar? By Jan Jackson

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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/generation-like

Leverage is using someone else’s resources, (their money, time, energy, skill, etc.,) to gain wealth.

 

For example: England in the middle ages was made up of manors – tightly ruled communities of peasants that were under the direction of their Lord, a nobleman, who ruled in a castle nearby. They provided the manual labor that worked the fields of the manor in return for protection by the Lord in the walls of his castle, if there was an attack by a rival manor. These peasants were called serfs and they served the Lord for their entire life; as did their children, and so on. They had no way of surviving on their own and relied entirely on the resources of the Lord’s land for food and shelter.  They paid for their survival by providing manual labor and the majority of the goods they harvested to the Lord. They had no possibility of ever owning land of their own. They had no other possibility of survival.

 

The Lords of the manors leveraged the lives of their serfs in order to gain riches. The serfs gave up their lives in order to have food to eat, shelters to live in and to be protected in the walls of the Lord’s castle.

 

Leveraging another person’s resources to gain wealth is a concept that has been used for many hundreds of years. It is still in use today in ‘modern America’.  We should all ask ourselves if we are if someone is leveraging us.  Are you being leveraged by someone else?

 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/360523/how-avoid-coming-middle-class-meltdown-james-pethokoukis

 

Generation Like

I thought that the movie was very interesting and had a new take on today’s technology riddled generation. I liked the comparison of teens that heavily use social media and the Hunger Games. It shows that people are in a sense exploiting the youth to make a profit and for entertainment. The internet completely changed the way that advertisements and social media work. Tyler Oakley, a famous YouTuber talked about in the movie, makes a living creating YouTube videos. He gets paid from advertisements and even stars in videos with large production value made only for YouTube. You can really be a professional internet star/YouTuber as a job now and make a lot of money doing it; I think that is insane. It is a new kind of celebrity. I am sure that there are young kids who want to be YouTube stars when they grow up. I like that Tyler loves what he does and he has been doing it so so long before it was even making him money, but there are others who don’t seem to be as into it as him. For example, the young YouTuber near the end of the video seems like she is being exploited by her mother in hopes of gaining a following and making the family some money. She doesn’t seem to truly like what she does. Her mom sexualizes her and directs what she wears and what she posts on social media. It’s almost like social prostitution.

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-Jacqueline Scheider

 

Generation Like

So here we go on my thoughts about the video “Generation Like” which can be found here. First off I’m going to start by saying I totally am a believer in the idea of receiving likes can make someone feel good or give them some instant gratification. I am a sponsored snowboarder and although I still get photos published in magazines i have found that my sponsors care more about my social media presence then they do about getting photos in a magazine because it can reach a larger audience then a magazine possibly could. Also with the way the word is now a days people don’t necessarily want to wait for information to come out in a magazine they want to get it as it happens and social media is the best way to make that happen. Image

I have 1414 followers on Instagram I generally hope to get 100 likes on every photo I post. when I hit 100 I feel as though I have posted a quality image.

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I have a lot more friends on Facebook but I don’t get nearly as many “likes” on Facebook as I do on Instagram.

The Video that i posted earlier on this blog that can be found here has the most views out of any video i’ve ever posted coming in at a whopping  34.2 thousand views.

All in all I think its pretty crazy how big social media has become and how fast it has happened

 

Kyle Fischer

Commentary on “Generation Like” video

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Likes are such a big deal these days. I know that when I post a picture on facebook and I go back and realize that I have gotten more than 20 likes, it makes my day. It gives me the impression that that picture is a great picture and I feel like for people who have low self esteem and confidence, getting their pictures liked definitely helps boost their self confidence and makes them feel like they are pretty too. They may have make up on in the picture and they may apply a filter to make the picture look better but no matter what changes were made, that is still their creation and the likes they get for that always makes for a better day. Also, there are people in this world of ours who are shy or do not like talking to other human beings face to face for one reason or the other. Such people can use a platform such as youtube, facebook and other social media platforms to share their talents with the world. It is a great way to find people who you can connect with because if they like your stuff, they definitely feel a connection in one way or the other. The story of the little boy who comes from a poor home made an impact on me the most because sharing his talents and videos online, I believe started out as a  way to express himself but then he figured with all the attention he was getting, he could earn some money that way to help his family. With all the disadvantages that come with the social media, it gives people the opportunity to live  their dream and earn income as well. If you think you are weirder than everyone else, guaranteed there is someone out there who is more like you and social media can help you connect with them.

By Gifty P Boateng

http://www.nola.com/tv/index.ssf/2014/02/frontline_generation_like_expl.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

Photo credits : Google Images

Generation Like: “Has Your Addiction Gone Too Far?”

Generation Like: “Has Your Addiction Gone Too Far?”

After watching this documentary, I have a unique stance about social media usage. First, we have to admit; 90-95% of us use technology every day. It’s a revolutionary feature. We want to feel accepted by our peers, boast about our accolades, and show the world what we’re doing second by second. As annoying as it is, it’s the unfortunate truth we now must live with in this generation (Generation Like). People request “shout outs” from random individuals due to their popularity; seeking the limelight that another individual has built up digitally themselves. A great percentage of folks believe that likes determine who is popular and who is not, and they even try to exchange likes with different people, musicians, businesses, etc. so that they become known. Here’s the real problem: although this is all “hip” to most people now, does it truly dictate how the world functions? Do digital accomplishments and social media popularity bring out the true self in any human? Are we becoming the man or the machine? The answer is an opinion, but I believe that humanity, combined with the internet, will travel at fast speeds into uncharted territory, and we must control it, or it will control us.

By Nate Woodward