Brief Pieces on Media (Social, Televised, and Other)

I’m that guy that doesn’t watch television, or really very much movies, because I’m a jerk like that. Super snooty about it, actually.

Actually, no, that’s a lie (sort of). I don’t have any access to cable or digital television channels. The tv we got from a friend is analog, so I would have to go buy a digital conversion box to even get that work, and really… the roommate and I decided against it. She got Netflix to use and I use my work (library) to borrow anything I care to watch (currently BBC and Portlandia) or the boyfriend. We are champion money savers, I must say!

On the flip side, I do care to keep up with my social media (because why not?), so naturally I pay attention to what’s going on via Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, WordPress, BuzzFeed, and general news stuff. No, this isn’t going to be a post about what I thought about the Oscars solely based on a couple videos and photographs I saw. That’s really not relevant enough to me.

[Spoiler alert: I did not find Seth McFarlane offensive because let’s be real. if you have watched any Family Guy or seen Ted, or watched those other not-very-good shows of his, you know what’s coming. Seth doesn’t do clean or even lightly offensive joking. He pushes, crosses and shoves way past the line. It’s what he does. This should not be surprising to anybody at all.]

The social media world on the internet fascinates me. We’re intrigued by it, want to be wanted by it, solely depend our daily mood by how big of a response we receive by it, and quite frankly, letting our worlds be dominated by it. It’s not really a terrible thing, although it could be destruction in some cases. Worst case scenarios are using only technology to communicate with people, and yet not communicating with people IRL at all. (Mm, check out that old school AOL lingo right there…) There is definitely  a certain dependency on the internet and technology, which ranges for all people, but the hardest part is not letting it control you.

Of course, most people who actively use the internet have a hard time coping with this. I have an iPhone, use a computer at work and at home, and been debating on saving up money for a tablet (much later on this year or the next), but my thoughts keep swinging back to the “Do I really need all of this?” It’s a weird transition from living your younger childhood days without technology, straight into your teenage years being completely dominated by it. As we all know, with technology comes social media and alternative ways to interact with people aside from face-to-face or even via phone conversation (the talking part, not the texting), and that’s the hardest part we have to remember doing just maybe 10-12 years ago. 

As all things change over time, we often forget the “old way” of doing things. Simple things like looking up directions using a map, or doing math in your head, or even just excess tools in the kitchen. Do we really need a quesadilla maker? I swear it’s fairly easy to do without this magical device.

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This thing must be magical if it cuts my 5 minutes into 4 minutes!

So, in regards to the “old way,” this shows that the younger generation (including myself as a person in her mid 20s) often forgets how to communicate with people how it used to be done. Face-to-face, telephone talk, letters (PENPALS anybody?! I had one of those!), and what have you. People used to meet each other by just going up to someone in the market after getting their morning whisky fix at the bar and saying “Hey, I like the way you handle those eggs in your wire basket.” 

Am I complaining about this? Actually, no. I rather enjoy the current waves of technology and what’s coming ahead for us. I do at times reprimand myself for forgetting to keep in touch with people in the “older” ways because I took the lazy route, and I do often question why I keep my Twitter account (keeping up with the news, right?), and I’m also fairly certain I have no real need for a tablet, but hey, this is 2013. What else are we supposed to fret over? First world problems, anyone?

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