“‘Cause I’m a 21st Century Digital Boy…” A social media how-to.

The more technophobic members of our society (and there are many) have shown themselves to be resistant to the sea change (“I can’t explain it, the things you’re sayin’ to me…”) that is rapidly occurring in our media. Part of this is rooted in a fundamental lack of understanding as to how social media actually works and then what it does. To be fair, on the surface social media often seems like a frivolous time-waster at best and an exercise in 21st century (Digital Boy!) narcissism at worst. It’s worth noting that the baby boomers are still a fairly major presence in our society, and their acceptance/rejection of social media is something that is both expected and, honestly, inconsequential. The boomers won’t be able to stop the shifting tides, no matter how many overheated op-ed pieces they publish (Hey, anyone check out the latest issue of Philadelphia magazine!?). Social media is a force that will defy existing generational influences, leaving behind all previous ideas about connectivity, social interaction, and even art, music, writing, anything-– while carving its own indelible influence, forging forward into our young millennium.

Look at it this way: information – your thoughts, your ideas, anything you’ve expressed either in writing or through literally any form of communication has capital. You just didn’t realize it before now.  Things you fling into the void of the internet have value by the very nature of their creation, and the fact that now someone can interact with them. Social media is the kind of media that interacts with you just as you’re interacting with  it. By making things clickable (and therefore something to be engaged with), they have value, and are shareable. Every day, millions of people are connecting themselves through Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube, creating meaning through a giant conversation. Your information will be shared with people, and the quantity of people will grow exponentially over time, so long as you present your information with consistency and intelligence.

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~ by frankmc5 on November 30, 2010.

One Response to ““‘Cause I’m a 21st Century Digital Boy…” A social media how-to.”

  1. “It’s worth noting that the baby boomers are still a fairly major presence in our society, and their acceptance/rejection of social media is something that is both expected and, honestly, inconsequential. The boomers won’t be able to stop the shifting tides, no matter how many overheated op-ed pieces they publish (Hey, anyone check out the latest issue of Philadelphia magazine!?).”

    hahaha very funny, but true! They need to get on board with this! Great explanation and reasoning for social media.

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