Is Social Networking, Socially Not Working?

In USA on June 12, 2011 by jmassenburg02 Tagged: , ,

In an age in which we as a global community are socially connected at the hip, better yet, finger tip, the question is begged..are we too connected? Has social networking gone from asset to liability?

Social networking giants such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have unprecedently tied audiences together and channeled information which otherwise may not have been communicated. However, stories are becoming ever more prevalent where the sites are sources of transmitting information which in turn becomes harmful to the user. The First Amendment guarantees us the right to free speech. But the right appears to be anything but, instead, rather costly as we sit courtside and watch the private lives of public figures play out before our own eyes.

Perhaps, blame it on the era we live in where reality tv reigns supreme and the paparazzi are some of the most sought after individuals in Hollywood. We tend to find ourselves needing and feeling a sense of entitlement to the salacious juice in the lives of others.

Perhaps, blame it on the irresponsible behavior of the users for publicly displaying their private livelihoods in the oblivious hope of escaping judgment.

Which came first–the covetous post or the downhill marriage? The lewd picture or the ethics hearing? The #winning tweet or the termination of employment?

One thing is certain, as technology and communication continuously evolve, as it undoubtedly will, we must also evolve our individual levels of culpability. Not every thought is meant to be posted, tagged or retweeted. Nor is it necessarily up for comment or “like”.

In order to maximize the efficiency of social networking and continue to grow as a society, we must remain mindful to govern ourselves repsonsibly, both as givers and receivers in the age of information technology.


One Response to “Is Social Networking, Socially Not Working?”

  1. First of all, very clever title for the point that you were trying to make. In your post you raise some concerns about how social media and social networking might be leading us down the path of being voyeurs of negative behaviour in all of its forms. The caution you share at the end about not every comment or thought being worthy to share is good advice.

    Overall, this is a good editorial piece about some of the dangers of social media. The trend which you were focused on, though, was not really clear from this post. Are you saying that there is a trend towards celebrities (and perhaps the rest of us) oversharing our negative behaviours? Or is the real trend that we as people are drawn to watching and getting engaged by negative behaviours that are shared through social media?

    Without this main point being clear, this post ends up reading as an editorial on the state of our culture, but not really addressing the challenge that was asked in the blog post assignment for the week. (3)

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