Tag: Social Media

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Pat Sajak, gameshow host extraordinaire and local Ricochet legend, is the latest victim of a slow news day. For a quick run down of the particulars of this scandal that rocked the early-fringe and prime-access network game show world you can check out the Facebook feed of articles that all decided to cover it. Preview Open

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The Internet, Loneliness, and People with Disabilities

 

shutterstock_184893275I recently wrote a piece at The Federalist about loneliness and internet use and how people might be “connected” to others more than ever before. But, are we “really sharing our lives, or are we just passing information back and forth?”

I argue that the problem with social media is three-fold: “It robs people of the importance of connecting on a physical level; it delays reactions, enabling people to create their own persona and avoid awkward situations that they are forced to deal with in real life; and, more importantly, it fails to cultivate self-knowledge and presence—the key to real human connection.”

When you interact with people face to face, you can’t avoid conflict. You don’t have time. But when you’re online or texting, you can avoid that immediacy and “walk away.” You can make adjustments to how you’re perceived. You can, in a sense, recreate yourself over and over again. This ties back to the point about being known. If we’re always creating an image for others to see or hiding from them, we can’t be truly known. We’re not real. We’re, as Turkle said, a simulation. We isolate ourselves from the very thing we need to grow as fully actualized human beings. It’s when we are known — when we’re, in a sense, exposed — that we mature as we’re challenged to change how we think, how we interact with other people, and how we view ourselves. This growth happens in the context of relationships — in the context of sympathy, compassion, and love.

Witness the Power of a Fully Functional Hashtag

 

Russia is invading its neighbors, China is expanding its claims over the western Pacific, and Islamic militants are terrorizing Syria, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria and other nations. But fear not, America: President Barack Obama has ordered his forces to deploy high-yield tactical hashtags across social media.

As the administration drastically cuts the U.S. military, the State Department’s Jen Psaki launched a brutal fussilade of tweets at Vladimir Putin, complaining that Moscow wasn’t living up to “the promise of hashtag.” Today, a pouty Michelle Obama is facing down Nigeria’s murderous Boko Haram with a hashtagged photo uploaded to Instagram.

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Sometimes, the Progressive onslaught of FB posts gets to be enough that I have to say something. Today’s was a post from a very Progressive friend, sharing a picture from Occupy Democrats which read: 4/22/14: Canada surpasses the United States to become the world’s richest middle class, based on after tax income. Source: New York […]

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