Expand Your Drama Universe or Make a Real Impact on the Virtual Plane
Posted by Robyn Gotch
Good news and bad news.
First the bad news:
At the very start of Qualman’s 1st chapter, I was a bit annoyed. It goes without saying that Qualman will be “Pro-Social Network” – I get that. But what aggravated me was the wholesale way he touts goodness for all through social media. Personally, I think that there is as much crap coming out of social media as there is goodness and light.
I am speaking from personal experience. I began with a Facebook page, added only my family and some friends, closed off my access to just those that are friends, and ended up deleting about ¼ of the people on my list. A good majority of these were family. These are the reasons:
- Games, games and more games being posted at all hours of the day and night (yes I would select not to show, but then some new game would come out and I would be back at it again) Farmville, Fishworld, Cafe’ World, Gardens of Time, The Smurfs & Co. – you name it!
- Profanity – while I can swear like a drunken sailor driving a truck with a broken foot, I don’t need to read it over and
over by people not old enough to drive
- D R A M A! “I am so mad at the %$ing )*$(%) and you know who you are” (I don’t care)
- REPOST this if you think Facebook will charge next month, if you are wearing pink underwear or if you mom is a real %*(%$
Qualman states “The younger the generation, the less concerned they are about privacy” (Qualman, 2). He sure has that right! Does TMI mean anything to these people?
I understand that by keeping in touch we can get that perfect recipe ingredient, know how to decorate a bicycle and find out the most intimate detail about the neighbor, but this really doesn’t always save us time. What it does is sanitize our interactions and makes us a little less human. (personal opinion folks).
In a perfect world, the social networking scenario would be responsible and productive – but most humans are just not built that way. Too many of them use these venues to expand their Drama Universe.
Please do not get me wrong, I am not saying that all social networking is the devil – far from it! I am saying that reality needs to be brought into the room, and not simply checked at the door.
Now the Good News!
I have stared at a blank word document on many occasions trying to figure out how people write and post on the internet and then ultimately become known for what they have to say. Sitting here, it seemed to me that by posting to my blog that has no followers or to my twitter account which as 2 followers, there is no way I can speak to the world.
But Qualman enlightened me to the “and she told two friends” concept of social networking. Now I can see how my little blog post, which I post to my facebook page and twitter about can be “liked” by someone, reposted and eventually reach someone I never, ever knew. This is powerful stuff!
**NOTE: While I begin posting today quite harshly, please do not take that as an indication that I feel Qualman does not know his stuff. I merely tend to disagree with someone who says that the top and bottom of my shoe will remain equally clean no matter where I will tread.
About Robyn GotchAfter many years of quilting, sewing and long-arm quilting for myself, I felt it was time to offer these same services to the public. You will find that because I am a quilter myself, your projects will be treated with the same care and respect that I do my own.
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