The main media’s used are social media and television which are the main focus of chapter 9. Shirky’s article “Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away” begins to talk about a way that people investigate and draw conclusions about the intersection of technology and everyday life. While Elavia writes about how reality shows are viewer driven rather producer or network driven. One thing social media and television have in common is how much of an impact they have on today. Everywhere you look there are ‘perfect’ images being displayed representing unrealistic goals.
The line between documentary and reality TV is often blurred and it is difficult to truly define what some television series are. One reality TV show that depicts the blurred line accurately is the MTV show “Catfish.” The main narrator Nev establishes his credibility in the first five minutes of the show and explains his purpose. He became well known by creating a documentary about his catfish experience. The series then revolves around him with a crew trying to help others explore their online relationships in which they have never met in person. He uses technology and then eventually ventures to the person’s house to validate who the person behind the social media profile is. The scene that depicts that this is part documentary part something different is the confrontation between Sunny and her catfish.
In society today we hope that individuals will take the time to support you rather than go against you, but that isn’t always the case in our society. Social media nowadays effects the way many individuals go about their friendships. Many individual try to paint this picture that their life is perfect but in reality it is far from it. “Social media is harmless if we are careful to remember that simple fact. It’s powerless if we neglect the inclination to compare and criticize our own lives through the falsified images we too are guilty of creating” (Herrick).
In her document “ The Fakebook Generation,” later to be published in the New York Times on October 6, 2007, Alice Mathias enters the topic of the most used social networking service worldwide, Facebook. Mathias debates on Facebook’s claim of being a forum for “genuine personal and professional connections” and tries to influence her readers to ask themselves if the website really promotes human relationships. The author illustrates in her document the power and impact Facebook had on the population by convincing to be “a place of human connectivity,” but states her idea of Facebook missing its real reason of enriching human connectivity. Mathias goes on how Facebook became more as an “online community theater” than a functional service tool. She provided examples like people who announce relationships with Chinese food in their status in order to make others laugh instead of providing useful updates.
William Deresiewicz blames Social Media for the lack of genuine friendships these days. In the text he states ““… has destroyed its own nature and that of individual friendship itself.” Social media is isolating us, but also tricks us in to thinking we’re connected. Seeing them all together in one place makes us feel closer to them, but we are not actually closer. “There they are, my friends, all in the same place.
Not everyone that a person once associated with still lives in close proximity to said person and thus allows for people to reconnect with people from all parts of the globe that have access to internet. Jurgenson illustrates the notion that people putting photos and scribing statuses on platforms such as Facebook are engaging acts of validity, thus proving that a said someone’s online life is “real”. Furthermore, sharing something on the internet is not just for online friends or showing someone “pics or it didn’t happen”
Technology’s rapid advancements have allowed people to connect with ease like never before, but even with the advancements, people are still left feeling of isolation. The author of the article, “Is Facebook Making us Lonely?”, Stephen Marche writes, “a connection is not the same as a bond”; it’s so easy to click “friend” and look into private life of a person without ever having to meet them in person. Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook allows fans to directly connect with with any celebrity at anytime; an example of a celebrity obsessed with social media is the death of Yevette Vicker, she was found dead in her home with her computer still on, almost a year after her passing. Her story can be attributed to the evolution of social
Rhetorical Essay: 1 The author, Robert Epstein, has a background in psychology and behavioral research. He is the author of 15 books and the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today. In this article he ha taken the stance that the Internet can and is being used to manipulate people in their thoughts, feelings, and actions. The author provides research to prove his point that the Internet is causing a change in our society. He talks about how the internet can influence us on how we vote in this upcoming election and how it can be taken and used to “spy” on what we are doing in our day to day life.
In the Catfish, we can see ‘pure-consciousness’ happen when Nev decide to live his experience in the Facebook relationship by avoiding the prejudice in order to know what is the meaning of it. In addition, Nev also has many doubts about his relationship with Megan so he starts to continue his experience consciously. Because of his curiosity, he was able to discover the reasons behind all of this virtual relationship. Nev also believes that there must be an underlying reason behind this entire story of life. Nev realizes about the reasons behind all of the lies perpetrated by Angela. Angela creates her own wonder life into a virtual world where she can easily create everything that supports her desired life. Angela told to Nev that she wants
Many people, especially young people, have been consumed with the use of social networking. Nobody can take their eyes off of their phones, and that has resulted in real relationship connections withering. When a family is eating together or watching a movie in the living room to have some family bonding time, children lose attention and instead focus more on what 's going on in social media. When people hang out with their friends, they are still consumed with their phones even though
But this chatting does come with a downside though; as more and more people –particularly youths – become stiff, glassy-eyed “zombies” who only interact through minute movements of their fingers. This in turn results into limited communication between people “in person” as they are used to talking “through a screen”. As for myself, through Facebook and twitter, I discovered new people, new friends and strengthened bonds with many existing friends, and I’m extremely grateful for that. But other people don’t use it for what it is supposed to do, and are obsessed to getting as many friends as possible, and out of the 1.15 billion active Facebook users, they have lots of variety…
CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION The Internet has become the most frequently used media for the past two decades (De Leo & Wulfert, 2013). In fact, its users are increasing day after day. The Internet has brought many benefits to numerous societies and individuals, and that includes information searches, communication, commercial activities, and entertainment (Kraut et al., 1998; Korgoankar, & Wolin, 1999).
As you see, the people who are just depending on social media, as Facebook, won’t want to meet people real live, you can find this kind of people around you. Social networking (Media) is addictive. People have their own reason to use social networking, according to one of social media report that 63% of Americans log on to Facebook daily, and 40% log on multiple times each day. Most of reason to use social media is just people want to check their friends news or look for funny stuff to kill time; I frequently look at my phone to check Facebook message or to look at Facebook for no reason it is difficult to stop using social media.
People also stay connected and interact with one another, with their peers, people of similar interests, and even their family members. This helps strengthen their relationship even if they are busy with their daily routines. In addition, social media sites have become a platform for youth with similar interest or common discipline to get together, building connections and opportunities for their respective careers. Youth claims that social media not only makes their lives easier and efficient, it has become their lifestyle. While social media has seems to bring people together and help one another stay connected, it has created social isolation in regards to BBC News report.
This results into " a dramatic increase in sociability, but a different kind of sociability, facilitated and dynamized by permanent connectivity and social networking on the web."(Castells, 2010) Therefore, the social network sites became the preferred platforms of all kinds of activities, both business and personal. Hence, this gave way to a virtual life, where people can be present every minute. In consequence, it makes them feel connected to each other, as part of a community. Obviously, this is not replacement of the physical world, instead it is a facilitation of real daily living; that influence our behavior immensely.