Here is my first post based on the readings we did for Journalism and Social Media class. It was based on Chapter 3: The New Media University.
I was very interested in this chapter surprisingly. I was expecting to be bored half way to death with the book but was actually rather entertained by most of the stuff in the chapter. I felt like I actually learned a lot about social media in this third chapter.
For one thing, the chapter threw out a lot of stats that I was not familiar with prior to the reading. Similar to the one youtube video we watched in class, I was impressed once again just by how much social media is dominating the world we live in. The section that pointed out just how many sites there were of forums, blogs, types of facebook and other things just amazes me. I consider myself a guy that is pretty up to date on what goes on around me and websites around the web but to see some of these name puts me in a state of shock. I guess I just am not the “social media” kind of guy that knows about all of these kinds of sites. I’d say it put me in my place.
In general, we are just becoming students of new media, which is exactly what this chapter was trying to tell us. People complain that we don’t need to use certain devices and whatnot but I just can’t agree. This is what the world is becoming. In class we talked about how people will never get to know what a “phone on the wall” is and how it is kind of sad. But that’s just a part of life. Stepping away from just social media here, did we as a generation miss anything by not having this kind of phone?
The answer to me is no. That’s not really all this chapter is trying to say but in a way, its kind of what I got out of it. It was my own sort of twist that while they told us the way we get media is always changing (people used to travel across the country to get updates on the civil war… try explaining to them about “Television” or the “internet”), our world in general involving technology has always been changing. So as we find new ways to get our news, I just don’t find it to be that large of a deal. We will always develop and change as a society, its a matter of whether we pick it up or not.
There was a lot to read about in this chapter but I really enjoyed the author’s take on what social media is and how he’s worked to have it edited into Wikipedia but constantly has it edited. Personally, there are too many ways to describe social media and considering its still pretty new in terms of its longevity, I really don’t think we can have a set in stone definition of what exactly it is until later on, when its been longer and we continue to see the other kinds of ways in which people communicate with each other online or in this new era of technology.