Category Archives: 2018 Blog 7

Gen Z

We hear constant banter and micro-aggression about millennial, but how about Gen Z? We hear about how much social media is constantly changing and how we continue to use it more and more. It is such an integral part of life and everyone uses it. When you look at it though, Gen Z is getting driven away by social medias. For all social media does, it has negative trends as well. Social Media is something that can be overwhelming, all the information that is getting pushed into the eyes of Gen Z may be harmful, especially considering the young age.

In Social Media is bullshit, it is stated that ” if you’re considering using the social networks and publishing tools on the Web to create something… use them, but remember, not using them won’t harm you in any way” (Mendelon, 2012, p. 154). It’s a word of caution. Social Media is a tool, not the end all be all. So when you see that Gen Z is quitting social media, make sure you cater to them.

Gen Z is in a world were everything revolves around the internet and social platforms, they know no diffrent. I grew up with something like Myspace, still new and unsophisticated. Most importantly, it wasn’t bombarded with ads and companies that fit an algorithm  to connive it’s way to consumers.

Social Media is a tool, but it can be just if not more overwhelming with the level of information being fed to Gen Z.

 

 

#HandsOffSyria

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My audience for this blog post is my fellow students as well as other individuals looking to educate themselves on social media or social platforms.

Through my last two blog posts, I have written about how social media or any type of social platform can be used to not only spread awareness but to start a social movement as well. On Saturday, the U.S. decided to bomb Syria along with the U.K. and France. There were a variety of different responses to this attack but this sparked a new hashtag called Hands Off Syria. Through this hashtag, people are showing what Syria looked like before the seemingly endless war started as well as the problems with the long history of the U.S. creating their own terrorist attacks but not calling them that. This hashtag brings light into the horrible acts that have been orchestrated by the U.S. over the past decade. In order for something to stop, it needs to be discussed which is what is being generated by this platform.

Twitter allows for so many different people to share their opinions as well as find a commonality with others to spread awareness and even make a difference just as was mentioned by John Coate (1998) in “Cyberspace innkeeping: Building online community”. I hope by reading my last three blog posts, readers have been able to see change for their eyes themselves and understand the importance of social media as a different platform than the rest.

Generate Buzz Through Positive Outlets

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The audiences for this post are my classmates. My goal is to continue on with my theme of how we use social media as a tool for good or evil (yes, I know my perspective is subjective).

Social media has the power to connect us with people and ideas from across the globe; this tool can be used for good or evil. I prefer to seek positive exchanges and found a community that’s trying to save the world through mitigating their waste. My thoughts are, how we can use conscious consumerism as a solution to our current ecological problems? Nobody wants to be told what to do… Unless it’s by someone you respect and trust. Buzz Agents (Struthers and Wang pg. 219) is a concept based off of using peers as a more reliable source of information through social media campaigns that incorporates a cooperative aspect with an authentic non-commercialized influencer or “Buzz Agent”. If you’re trying to raise awareness to an issue, gaining a relationship with your audience through sharing manageable and functional actions they can take to contribute to your message is an essential instrument for causing a larger affect. I follow The Wasted Blog, here the author is on a journey to becoming a more conscious consumer by using items that are long-lasting and not disposable. It’s difficult to change the way people do things on a daily basis but by bringing attention to simple alternatives that can have a big impact on our world for the better, Buzz Agents can flip the narrative and offer a positive outlet. Use your platforms as a way to spread some positive vibes.

#Equality

pexels-photo-678637.jpegIn keeping with my theme about economical issues that affect myself and my fellow classmates, among countless others, I want to discuss in further detail the issue of the inequality gap.

Last time I discussed that the raising of the minimum wage to $15/hour will not bridge the inequality gap, but may cause it to widen.  It is still my stance that this is not the solution.  Now I want to address the problem itself.

“The development charity Oxfam has called for action to tackle the growing gap between rich and poor as it launched a new report showing that 42 people hold as much wealth as the 3.7 billion who make up the poorest half of the world’s population.”

https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2018/jan/22/inequality-gap-widens-as-42-people-hold-same-wealth-as-37bn-poorest

Not only that, 82% of the global wealth generated last year went to the wealthiest 1%.

To put this even more into perspective, 8 billionaires currently hold the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jan/16/worlds-eight-richest-people-have-same-wealth-as-poorest-50

Some will argue that free markets have helped over 100 million people rise out of poverty in the last year, and while this may be true, when we are talking globally, and this still is not enough.

In this week’s reading; Communication for Another Development, Quarry and Ramirez state, “We have come to believe that it is not communication that makes good development but good development that contains good communication.”

We need to do more, and we need to urge our governments to address this income gap.

OXFAM: “The power of people against poverty.”  Please go to https://www.oxfam.org to read more about the cause and the efforts to end inequality.

Communication Through Social Media

Audience: Millennials

Through history our communication technique’s and skills have changed and evolved because of social media. There was a time where the internet was not around and the way we communicated was strictly through phone, letter or a face to face interaction. Social media has changed the way  we will forever communicate with people, friends and family from all over the world.

One thing researchers focused on was the personal barrier that is broken down through social media. People venting and releasing their problems on social media has became a normal thing. So before social media people wouldn’t have a conversation with their coworker’s about personals things. Although now with social media and people already having those things out there makes the conversation more approachable. Another point they focused on was how communication has changed though social media and how we short phrase everything. We have developed new words for other words or instead writing out words we abbrievate for example I don’t Know instead we would say idk which would be its short phrase. Some researchers have talked about how these things can actually be negative in the academic environment with performance because this is not the proper communication style. Although should schools have a focus on this new age communication because it may not be going  anywhere? Also a point researchers focused on was the access to communicate with thousands of people from around the world is what makes communication through social media so great. This gives us ability to reach a bigger audience and interact with more people. In Chapter 5 Castell talks about the influence of technology and internet how big of impact it will play into our culture. We have all seen changes that is already happen to our culture and there will continue to be changes for how we communicate through social media we just hope they help our culture in a positve way.

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Cyber Hipsters – My Love Hate Relationship With Instagram

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The audiences for this post are my classmates and I intend to help them understand my love hate relationship with Instagram.

I started to use Instagram as a way to share my love for photography. There I discovered a community of people who enjoyed doing the same and all was well for some time. But lately I’ve found social media to be a constant advertisement, always creating new ways to monetize experiences. It seems as though everyone is trying to promote their agendas instead of connecting with each other. In B. J. Mendelson’s book Social Media is Bullshit, he coins a term “Cyber Hipster” as a means to call out those who discharge a highbrow agenda and pretend everyone can obtain their ranks without some sort of sacrifice or privilege. They then proceed to sell you on an exclusive idea, maybe it’s a retreat in Bali they’re putting on or a new product before it starts to trend, whatever it is they’re looking for financial sponsors in their social media following. It’s becoming harder to see authentic motives behind some of the Instagram community members I once championed for not being “Cyber Hipsters”  and I’m no longer subscribing to their agendas.

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In blog 5, I mentioned about a public issue that I was passionate about, which is proper parenting and “gun control”. My targeted audience in this blog would definitely have to be parents, or anyone who is planning/becoming a parent. The goal of the post is to spread awareness that your influence as a parent, aunt, and uncle plays a crucial role in any child’s life. Because kids pick up things so fast, it is easy to influence them, even when you didn’t think or plan it. This sounds ridiculous but i’m only sharing it because, this is as real as it gets. A few weeks back, I was babysitting my 3 years old twin cousins, which I do quite often. My little sister was recording me do a wall twerk on snapchat and, without realizing that my young cousins were watching, they copied my exact position and attempt to do it too. Kind of random, but, it’s an example. What I’m saying is, you never know when they’re paying attention, therefore, just be aware of what you’re doing and saying when around any child. Also, be aware of how you’re treating them. A lot of the reasons why kids become bullies is because of the lack of love and attention. Yes, we live in a world where if only one parent works, it’ll make it hard to make a living, let alone feed your kids. But it doesn’t mean you should let “working” be an excuse to why you can’t spend time with your child. The first stages of a child’s life is the most important, it is the foundation of who they will become. Don’t miss out on it, let alone, don’t let it go to waste. This could fall in 1.8: Behavioral Economics Theories. Where an environment can be affected to facilitate desirable behaviors. Attached is a link that showcases a study that claims second-born children are more likely to be trouble makers. THIS! I can vouch for. Not just the second child, I think that this can affect any child that is not the first or last. I am the fourth in my family, and I can guarantee you that all of us, after my older sister (first child) and my younger sister (last child) are trouble makers. I’m not sure why my other sibling are trouble makers, i’m not sure of their personal reasonings. But, in my case, all I can remember was wanting my parent’s love and attention. Like most parents now, my parents were immigrants, therefore, they had to work twice as hard. Especially since they had 6 extra mouths to feed, leaving my older to babysit us. My parents were always giving my older sister attention because she was the first to experience everything. Making her the more ambitious one like the article mentioned, “People like to say that first-born children are more motivated and more ambitious than their younger siblings, who, in turn, might end up more easygoing — possibly as a result of their mom and dad having loosened up on the parenting a bit after being super hands-on with their first kid” (Stuart, para. 2.) My parents were learning to be parents in America too, you may think, “parents in America?” but, parenting in America is far different from parenting from where my parents came from. My dad worked two jobs, my mom worked third shift. They never had time for us, not by choice, of course. But because I never got attention and “love” from them, I sought out acceptance from other people, such as my friends. One of my brother temporarily joined a gang, it was crazy. On the bright side, things eventually got better. We matured and figured out why our parents were never home, making us all appreciate them more. Not that I enjoyed growing up being extremely needy, but I like who I’ve become. And because life was such a struggle growing up, I never take my parents for granted. The environment you raise your child in plays a crucial role in their life. Like the theory model, I mentioned, behavioral economics, it talks more about the economics factors such as laws, regulations, and such, which I could correlate to my family’s situation too. Because, of the “parenting in America” I mentioned prior, it affected how my parents raised us, versus how they would’ve raised us if we were back in their homeland. But because they felt the need to have jobs in order to pay for utilities, rent, etc, it limited their time with us. Causing a domino affect on how we all grew up. My parents were young when they immigrated to the U.S. They were at most, in their early-mid twenties? They, themselves were growing up too. In Laos, you didn’t need “jobs.” You just needed land to grow your own food. According to my dad, you fed your own family. You went to the farm together, you ate together, you spent time together. In America, kids go to school (thankfully,) while parents work. In most immigrant cases, parents had to work harder for a longer time, all just for a small wage. So, I guess my audience would also be the government/congress, haha. Make it a law where all jobs are required to allow parents for a longer paid maternity leave to spend time with their kids. No child should lack their parent’s attention and love because of having to work just to keep a roof over their families heads, or meals on the table.

https://omgfacts.com/a-new-study-claims-second-born-children-are-more-likely-to-be-troublemakers/

Social Media’s Influence On Communication

How has social media changed the way we engage?

Well, in a lot of ways to be honest.  Looking at the evolution of social media over the last decade has been somewhat of a whirlwind.  The dawn of the smart phone era has kick started the largest technological mobilization in human history. We are connected to the internet, in some way, almost 100% of our lives.  According to the link above on of the biggest reasons why our interactions are changing is simply due to the number of people we interact with. We now seem to care about that over-the-top social media posts from that guy you sat next to in 10th grade Biology class. Why? Because we are connected on social media! Seems pretty simple, but the general direction of our ever increasing interconnected lives is not slowing down. One of the main goals of social media is to bring people together. So is the erosion of our communication boundaries really a bad thing? I guess it depends how you use social media and how you shape your identity around your use of social media.  According to the author’s opinion the lack of filters on our communication come at a price. I would have to agree. The level of toxicity on the internet is at an all time high. However, the amount of communication being distributed and received on the internet is at an all time high as well.  Perhaps, humans have always held these extremely toxic views but had no way of expressing that message, much less have a platform to broadcast it world wide.

Similar to my last post about this topic, I took a look at a few required readings for MDST485 course. I found myself connecting the points made in Castell’s Network Society Ch. 5. – Castell describes culture of real virtuality. He argues that the enormous influence and the sheer level of importance technology and the internet have on our lives have pushed elements of our existence into the virtual realm.  There is no doubt that this is true.  The amount of time we spend on the internet is increasing each year, the use of social media platforms are always increasing, and yet we still seem to be incapable of conversing with one another respectfully.  I don’t want to believe that we are at the beginning of what will be the fall of our society but if we do not take time to realize what social media is doing to us, we simply have no chance.

Pick Your Poison

Whether you have (1) never listened to a podcast episode yet, (2)are just getting started or (3) are a big podcast listener and just looking for a new podcast, I got some exciting and entertaining recommendations for you:

Crime:

If you’re looking for criminal justice/injustice, for shock and awe, and for ultimate hope, Serial is where you should turn.

 

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If you’re looking for horrifying crimes, hearing stories from the “unlucky,” Criminal’s the answer.

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Self-Developement:

Want to know what makes people great? Want to learn their ways? If you want to be inspired, look know further… The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

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Do you want to break through your fears, find your confidence, and elevate all aspects of life? Lori Harder has your back in her Earn Your Happy podcast.

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Celebrities with podcasts:

You may know her from Baby Mama, What’s Your Number and Scary Movie..she’s freaking hilarious, and her podcast just reinforces that.  Oh, and she has her famous friends stop by.  Trust me, you’ll be glad you stopped by too.

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He reminds us that celebrities are human beings just like us, with struggles, fears and insecurities.  This podcast is will give you laughs and leave feeling refreshed.

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There you have it – My fingers and toes are crossed that you find at least one that brings you entertainment, joy, faith, motivation, and laughter. Happy listening 🙂

Being Your Best You

My next piece of advice for the upcoming generations is to accept failure. I grew up being so discouraged about not succeeding in everything I do and let it get me down. I have quit sports that I loved because I was embarrassed about not being as good as those around me. As I get older I realize you need to fail in order to learn and get stronger at something. It isn’t something to be ashamed of but proud to practice and overcome.

I strongly urge those who come across this to let your curiosity take over and explore new things. Try to think differently and don’t stick to a basic routine. It takes more effort and you may find out you hate some of them but it opens so many doors which you may have never had the change if not willing to be a beginner. I came across this viral video that as really hit home on how to be your best you…through failure! If you haven’t seen it already here is Will Smith’s opinion on the topic:

There are a few different reasons I believe this video has grabbed the attention of so many people. As Mendelson said in “How to Really Make it on the Web”, having a legitimate celebrity alone can capture the audience of fans who already like them and care about what they have to say. Mendelson also stated that what you need to make it on the web is to have the media more than just the audience. I found this video on Facebook as it keeps popping up consistently. Media can help connect the message you want to get out and spread as fast as a disease. Mendelson recommends Twitter more than other social media sites but currently they all can help you keep intact with your audience if that is the platforms you use. The people you want to reach will dictate everything you do.