The Voice of Generation: A Good Voice or a Bad One?

There are SO MANY social media sites out there today. Seriously, when I was in high school, there were only the two big ones: Facebook and Twitter (and Snapchat in later years but we will get to that later). Now, there’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, LinkedIn, YouTube and that is just the tip of the iceberg. I feel like every time I go home for breaks, my younger siblings try to convince me to join yet another social media site which, most of the time, I refuse. The sites I myself use include Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube. I have a Tumblr and a LinkedIn, but I don’t really use those sites all that much, or as much as I used to. Back in freshman year of college I was obsessed with Tumblr, I would be on that site more than any other of my social media sites, and I think the reason for that was that I had never seen a site like this before. But now? Now I rarely go on it. Actually, I’m fairly certain I deleted my profile on that site, that’s how much I don’t use the site. The other sites though (Facebook, Twitter, and all the other ones I mentioned that I have profiles on? Yeah those), I go on those FREQUENTLY. We’re talking several times a day, probably if I’m on my phone I’m on each of the sites once every two hours, and if I’m on my computer I check Twitter every half hour with Facebook just being constantly open.

Even though my habits regarding social media have changed over the years, my overall feelings about them have, for the most part, stayed the same.

PROS:

 -Gives me the ability to keep up with friends and family who I’m not with 24/7 (AKA anyone back in Illinois)

-For the most part, it’s how I get my news, especially when it just happens (This is referring mostly to Twitter, but sometimes Facebook is pretty good about keeping me informed with more developed news)

-Allows me to keep up with what my favorite social media stars/celebrities/ overall famous people are doing (…that doesn’t make me sound too stalker-ish, right?)

– It’s entertaining (THIS IS A HUGE PRO! These sites are so good at giving me something to do when I’m bored, it’s unbelievable.)

CONS:

FAKE NEWS! This didn’t use to be a problem, and on Twitter I don’t see it quite as much as I do on Facebook, but now? Now I can’t log into my account without seeing at least one or two of these fake articles online. And they are things that are CLEARLY fake if people bothered to Google them! Ok, I’m going to stop because if I don’t the rest of this post will just be me complaining about this, and I don’t think anyone wants to read that.

-Having to see every opinion one of my friends/relatives have and their reasoning about why it is clearly superior my own. This has just gotten worse since the elections, but it’s always been bad, though maybe that’s just with my family? Anyway, I have found myself just blocking certain people because I can no longer read their posts about politics, their opinion on current events (Planned Parenthood funding, shootings, BLM, you name it they have an opinion on it), or anything like that. I don’t want to hear about that! It’s not why I got social media in the first place! And most people feel the same way!

Overall, I love social media, don’t get me wrong. The pros outweigh the cons in my opinion, though only slightly. The sites I use the most (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat) each have their own pros and cons, but overall they each do a good job at their intended objectives, and the overall objective each has as a whole which, in my opinion, is to entertain. Most people go on social media because they are bored and are looking for something to pass the time. There are exceptions, such as if you are using social media for work or such, but for the most part it seems like an entertainment tool, a way to stay connected to individuals around the world, and things like that.

The Voice of Generation: A Good Voice or a Bad One?

Class Wrap-Up!

16 weeks, 2 tests and, as of this very post you are currently reading, 10 blog posts. Over the course of this semester, we have covered almost every concept under the sun: types of jobs in the media, advertising and how it affects everyday life, photojournalism, and so on. There were some things in class I enjoyed immensely, and some things I didn’t enjoy quite as much.

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Let’s start with the good things. One of the main things I enjoyed during the time I was in this class was all the videos we were shown. Ranging from John Oliver to Stephen Colbert,  all the videos we were shown were always entertaining and full of information. Another thing I liked, and this plays into some of the things I don’t like as well, is everything that we did that wasn’t simply a powerpoint. For instance, the exercise where we were given a noun and we had to create an app, website, or the such that would sell that noun and still make money. While that was difficult given the word I received (Seriously, how does a single individual sell the word ‘hope’?) I actually really enjoyed it. It was fun in some respects, it made me think in a way I never actually had to before, which I guess is why I enjoyed it.

Now on to the negatives: there aren’t many. In fact, there is actually only one. While I enjoyed the lessons we learned and everything like that, I didn’t enjoy that everything we seemed to learn came in the way of PowerPoints. Sometimes, and this may be because on the days we have class I’ve been listening to lectures for the last 3-4 hours, it gets very difficult to follow another lecture. Not that the lectures weren’t informative and entertaining, for the most part they were, just sometimes it is difficult to listen to someone talk at you for 50 minutes and be able to retain everything that is said.

Overall, I enjoyed this class more than I thought I would. I learned a lot and it made me realize exactly what I was getting myself into with a career in Journalism.

Class Wrap-Up!

Love Online

Merriam-Webster defines relationships as “an emotional attachment between individuals” . Let me ask you a question, dear reader, does that definition say anything about the locations of the individuals? No? Well, lets try another one, shall we? The Oxford Dictionary defines this phenomenon as “The way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.” Again, no mention of location or anything of the like. Now, at this point you may be asking yourself: “Why is this girl going off about the various definitions of the term relationship? I think I know what the definition of one simple word is.” Well, dear reader, there is one reason I am bringing this up, and that reason is this: relationships online.

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Let me back up for a second. When you think of relationships, what do you think of? And I’m not just talking about the types of relationships that involve dating, I’m talking about any and all relationships. Friendships, dating, siblings even, all of those categories have their own relationship aspects. When I think of these, I think of people being in the same place interacting with each other, keywords on IN THE SAME PLACE! In today’s culture thought, people being in the same place sometimes isn’t possible, which is where online relationships come into play.

There is one relationship that I think relies on online interaction more than others, and that relationship is Long Distance Relationships, or as I like to call them: LDR. Now, this is a relationship that I actually partake in; my boyfriend Quinn goes to law school in Chicago while I’m currently finishing up my college career in the great state of Nebraska. That makes the distance between us 470 miles, making us being in the same location at any given time not exactly a likely occurrence. Due to this, online aspects (such as Facebook, Skype, and iMessage) are kind of the only way our relationship works nine out of twelve months of the year.

Speaking from experience, there are some positives and negatives when it comes to online aspects of relationships. In terms of the positives, one of them is that it allows you to feel like you are gaining insight into their day to day life through such online sights as Twitter and Facebook. Another is that it gives you another ability to communicate with them outside of simply texting or talking on the phone (specifically referring to Skype here).

Now, like in most situations, where there are positives, there most likely have to be negatives, and online relationships are no exception. The main issue with online interaction, in my opinion, is how easy it is for people to misconstrue what you mean. Let me explain what I mean: Take the simple text “K”. Now, this example is thrown around a lot, seeing as it can mean a variety of things, as illustrated by this picture.

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This example may be more humorous than anything else, but the point still stands. Over text and other forms of online communication, what you say and what you actually mean can be interpreted wrong since the person you are talking to can’t see your face or hear the tone of your voice when you speak. This could potentially pose a problem when it comes to interpreting what the message itself means.

Overall, I think that online aspects are a good way of keeping a relationship going if distance plays a factor, but it shouldn’t be the only thing that you rely on. If online aspects are the only thing you use to keep your relationship going, you’re probably going to run into problems more often than not.

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