BCM110

BCM110-Week 2

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The curry from the Indian restaurant smelled sensational. The dim lighting created a lovely atmosphere that was perfect for fine dining. And there I sat, at the dinner table, catching up with friends, who had their heads buried in their phones. Scrolling through pics on instagram, scanning the latest fb posts on their newsfeed, engaging in the societal norm that is social media, in an attempt to remain connected with their hundreds and hundreds of ‘friends.’ It’s lucky I have a sense of irony.

Whilst they were chatting with friends through their phones, I sat at the table less than impressed that I was a second priority to them. How can something that promotes the idea of being ‘social,’ create such a profound block in societal interactions in reality.

This issue has profoundly impacted the way the public interacts with each other. During an age of technological advancement and social media, the media audience has begun to rely far too heavily on social media as a way of personal fulfillment and satisfaction, one that does not require physical interaction with others, but rather idealised interaction through a smartphone. Yet this has become so ingrained in society today, that to spend a day without a technological device or social media, is considered impossible.

This idea of social exclusion through media is not a new one. Dating back centuries to when individuals were cutting themselves off from others by immersing their intellect and focus into a revolutionary new object called a ‘book.’ Or even to the late 1920s with the invention of the television, when it was considered family time to gather around a small wooden box and watch the latest black and white moving images, and yet the family wouldn’t speak a word. The advancement of technology and social media has taken an interaction platform such as physically speaking to another individual, shoving it onto the technological platform and still calling it social interaction. But I ask you this; where is the social aspect of this?

One Does Not Simply - One does not simply ignore me for their phone and expect me to be okay with it

We are now moving towards a future where the individual will sit alone at a table, remaining content with plugging themselves into their smartphones, their tablets and their laptops and engage in the societal norm that is social media. Yet, there will still be people like me. People who refuse to use their phones during dinner but still feel isolated from her friends who are sitting feet away from her.

Social media promotes anti-social behavior, and when will it end?

Meg xo

Credits;

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/molly-reynolds/is-social-media-actually-_b_4867841.html

http://theunboundedspirit.com/the-harmful-effects-of-watching-television/

https://www.nyu.edu/classes/stephens/History%20of%20Television%20page.htm

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2 thoughts on “BCM110-Week 2”

  1. Hi Megan! Your points in this blog ring so true with me and I’m sure with many people. In this age where the media and technology is hovering over every person’s lives it is hard not to be sucked into the myth that it makes us more ‘social’. Whilst we are connecting with more people across the globe, which can be beneficial particularly for people who live in low populated areas, it disconnects us from the people around us and our environment. This sense of disconnection is spreading like a virus and is terrifying, however it highlights the power of technology and the media. Now for your blog. Like I said I agree with your ideas but for your layout I think hyperlinking in your text would look much more streamlined and professional compared to the links down the bottom. Overall your layout is impressive and ideas very solid! Keep it up 🙂

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    1. I am so glad you agree! It’s something that i find truly irksome, given how social media seems to be such a demanding and constant interference with our every day lives. As for your comment on the hyperlinks, I agree wholeheartedly, and if you would like to read some of my latest posts, you will find that i have incorporated links in the text rather than as references. This particular post was written as i was starting out and i have since modified my style and format of writing. Thankyou for your advice.

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