"You're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank all that high on the truth meter." According to Obama, "some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction," if promoted by certain blogs and talk radio stations. "All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy...We can't stop these changes...But we can adapt to them...Education [can] fortify you, as it did earlier generations, to meet the tests of your own time," he added.
Week 2 Exploring Social Media 2013
The Adventurer’s Society All of Your " Friends” Your Name Here
The Tao of the InternetIf you act according to the Way (Tao),You become one with the Way.If you act according to the Virtue (Te)You will become one with Virtue.If you lose either the Way or the Virtue,You will lose both.-Lao Tzu
Television is a passive, solitary activity that crowds outs out other forms of social connections. “Someone born in 1960 has watched something like 50,000 hours of television already….more than five and half solid years.” Clay Shirky ~ Wired Magazine
Social Media Allows Us to be Active ParticipantsExplorers in a world that we observe,modify, create and share with others.
Are the relationships authentic? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z17N_-fjvPc
Even the president has his doubts….. "With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, - none of which I know how to work - information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation." President Barach Obama Hampton University Commencement Speech 2010
YET…..One candidate understood it better. “tool of empowerment”
You just don’t have enough hours in the day to havemeaningful online relationships with more than this many people.
dana boyd - Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Boyd’s Law: “Adding more users to a social network (site)increases the provability that it will put you in a awkward circumstance.”
Or the bystander effect may kick in… Research shows, the more people, the less willingness to help.
Will it make us smarter? Wow ! 26,000 free books on my iPad• David Clark, senior research scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, said in the report that 10 years from now, “we may lose our ability to write, in the literal sense that students are no longer taught penmanship. We will either type or print like 8-year- olds. “But I think even e-mail stimulates the putting of ideas into writing. And while we may read only on electronic media, I think the book and the scholarly work will survive as important means both of transferring knowledge and of entertainment.”• Patrick Tucker, senior editor of The Futurist magazine, said in the report that “Literary culture is in trouble … We are spending less time reading books, but the amount of pure information that we produce as a civilization continues to expand exponentially. That these trends are linked, that the rise of the latter is causing the decline of the former, is not impossible.
The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/05/ff_nicholas_carr/“….the news is quite disturbing. Dozens of studies by psychologists, neurobiologists,and educators point to the same conclusion: When we go online, we enter anenvironment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, andsuperficial learning. Even as the Internet grants us easy access to vast amounts ofinformation, it is turning us into shallower thinkers, literally changing the structure ofour brain.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXs0f5XNHjs
More Reported Findings From Article (go to the link and read the text) “Research continues to show that people who read linear text comprehend more, remember more, and learn more than those who read text peppered with links.”“Recent research suggests that links surrounded by images, videos, and advertisements could be even worse.”“Psychologists refer to the information flowing into our working memory as our cognitive load. When the load exceeds our mind’s ability to process and store it, we’re unable to retain the information or to draw connections with other memories. We can’t memories translate the new material into conceptual knowledge.” “We’re exercising the neural circuits devoted to skimming and multitasking while ignoring those used for reading and thinking deeply.” “As we multitask online, we are “training our brains to pay attention to the crap.”
Will social media help us live longer?Is your social network making you fat? Are your friends and family influencing you to smoke and drink more, or to sleep less? READ: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/19/health/research/19stream.html?_r=1
Can social media make us happier? http://happiness.lays.com/Business wants to interact with us on a personal level. The business side of social media.
The active and sociable nature of youth new media engagement argues for an ethnographic approach that looks at not only the content of media but also the social practices and contexts in which media engagement is embedded.
Networked publics differ fromtraditional teen publics (suchas the mall or the school) insome important ways. Unlikeunmediated publics,networked publics arecharacterized by theirpersistence, searchability,replicability, and invisibleaudiences.
Visit the sites below and explore social-media and social networking sites that may be relevant to your life and your future. http://traffikd.com/social-media-websites/