I really enjoyed this week’s readings about social networking and peer production so I thought I would write a wrap (maybe it’s a spoken word piece) about it (don’t judge lol), so here goes:
Today’s communication is not about conversations,
Blabbing face to face ain’t cool, especially if you attend secondary schools
Words on paper doesn’t mean anything, it’s the words on the cpu screen that mean something
Facebook, myspace, twitter, and high five
All killing the personal one-on-one vibe,
adding people, following if necessary
I honestly think that’s just another way of saying..STALKING
Enough talking, lets Facebook chat,
No need for voice tones or telephones,
Just friend request me and I’ll talk to you
Then you could stalk me on your news feed, if you feel the need
Check my status, and who I’m friends with but don’t worry, we’re only going to be less then friends
Thompson calls them weak ties, but I call them apple pies,
You know what? thank the shift from the Industrial to the Information
For the disconnectedness that you may be feeling
I’m going to stop right there because I just embarrassed myself horribly. Well I hope you enjoyed it, but I’m going to talk about my experiences now. So I’ve always had this notion that interpersonal conversations would die soon with all the technology and I’d like to thank Benkler for somewhat mentioning this. I do think that the world has felt some sort of disconnectedness since the Information Age. My famous example is the one with the text messaging in the same room or text messaging period. I think a phone call is more sincere and intimate and I feel that the intimacy has been lost since the beginning of the Information Age.
But enough of that, I want to talk about my experience with social networking. My journey with social networking has been an odd one. I got a Facebook when I was in my junior year of high school. I had barely heard of it until people asked me whether or not I had one. Later did I create one and find out the beauty of it. I thought immediately that it was way more mature than Myspace poor Tom). I began requesting friends and skimming the site to see what it had to offer. Later my number of friends had grown exponentially to what it is now, almost 900. It’s obvious that I do not talk to all of them, but I talk to some. I have friends, teachers, and family as friends on my profile. I tried to find out what was going on with everyoine all the time. I was always on Facebook. I thought that when I entered college, thjis obsession would have gotten worse, but it didn’t. I barely go on Facebook and if I do it’s to check my friend requests, inbox, or my wall.
On the other side of the spectrum, there’s Twitter. Twitter is to personal for me. I feel like it’s legal stalking, but that could just be me. I haven’t used the social networking site but I guess it works for some. Well, that’s all I have to say for now folks, but have a great TURKEY day and a safe break.