“while modern technology has given people powerful new communication tools, it apparently can do nothing to alter the fact that many people have nothing useful to say”
I don’t like twitter. I don’t tweet. I’m no twit. I have an account, and that’s about it. I find the social media site stupid.
The main reason I call it stupid is because I don’t understand it. To tweet, re-tweet confuses me and all the #HashTag, #this, #that just gets on my nerves.
Twitter is somewhat of a popularity contest. More followers = more fans/friends. Follow your favorite artist or actor, and you trick yourself into thinking that your now only 5 out of 7 degrees of separation from this star. If you hassle their page enough, you may just get a re-tweet or a reply from your idol, but that doesn’t change the fact that you are 1 in 5 million other people idolizing this person and yearning for their attention (Lewis, 2013).
Working in the media, you have to know your tweets, likes, pokes, tumbles and so on. Promote your brand, find news stories, and contact pretty much anyone (semi) directly and so on. And these social websites would have been perfect for all these jobs and more. But as time has passed and more and more people are flooding their profiles with their internet image, the conversation has too changed from somewhat interesting and intellectual status updates to photos of dinners and “YOLO-ing”. (Lewis, 2013)
An aspiring journalist to be, could be the top of the class, perfectly molded for the job. But one messy night out for an 18th birthday in 2008, which you happened to be photographed topless at, has now ruined your career. My mistakes from my past have made me the grounded person I am today. But while myself and my peers can easily forget that night way back when, years after what we thought that photo had been digitally burnt and forgotten, it now is the reason you’re not getting that dream job. Media industries HR people are judgmental bitches. Sure they’re trying to protect the company’s name and profile, you could be a born again nun like saint and it wouldn’t matter.
Your digital footprint will forever haunt you. It’s quite scary to think about, especially as you have no idea who in the world has right clicked and saved image as, later making a fake profile on Facebook. Benefiting oneself or bullying down a person whilst hiding behind a fake profile or simply just a computer screen. Too many cowards invest too much time to “social networking”. No one will ever know you solely through the web. Face to face has been replaced by p2p.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no hater and certainly not “too cool” for social networking. I can be found on most of the trending sites (I’ll be the Tara Walters with the least posts!).
Facebook is great for when you lose your phone and need to contact your friends and families. Also great for remembering birthdays and the random “how’s it?” message to an estranged friend. But nothing beats real company… having an actual conversation, to an actual person in a real room… using your hands to exaggerate, pulling faces that can say more than they seem to your best mate. There’s no emoticon for that!
Lewis, Matt K, 30th January 2013, Why I Hate Twitter, The social sharing tool was once a vision. Now it’s a prison. The Week.
Accessed: 10th August 2013