So Connected, We’re Actually Disconnecting

Microsoft Word - web 2.0 logos.docFrontline released an eye opening documentary in February of this year titled Generation like which can be found here, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/generation-like/. In this hour long documentary, it is discussed that we, as social media users are actually marketing and bringing in the cash for those networks which we are participating in. Not only are we basically typing billboards for these companies, it seems that being so “connected” has actually caused us to be disconnected. The users whole goal is to become famous, and to get the largest amount of likes and bring in the most amount of views. A kid from Compton is shown in the documentary as he discusses how he started out making and posting videos of himself simply skateboarding. He mentions he gained a little bit of traffic and people knew who he was but it wasn’t until this 13 year old started making videos of himself doing ridiculous and often vulgar activities did he really see an increase in content views and traffic to his videos. To me, this documentary was extremely relative. I can’t remember the last time I was able to have a conversation with my friends without one of us checking our social feeds. The instant gratification of people viewing our content and actually liking it has become over bearing. I related this documentary directly to a Youtube video I had watched a few days before titled Can We Auto-Correct Humanity? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRl8EIhrQjQ. A man who goes by the name Prince EA talks about the effects that social media and technology in general has had on humanity. I can only imagine what we could do and the conversations we could have if sometimes we just let our phones die, and let social media go with it, just for a little while.

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One thought on “So Connected, We’re Actually Disconnecting

  1. Liked your insight about time.

    “I can only imagine what we could do and the conversations we could have if sometimes we just let our phones die, and let social media go with it, just for a little while.”

    I’ve wondered the same.

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