I still disagree, all the kids in my son's year have gone on to university, except my son who joined the marines, despite all of them being plugged into Facebook and their mobile phones and all are doing exceptionally well and are all studying proper academic subjects, not leisure and tourism or hospitality degrees
Media is a 21st century thing and just because it was not around when we were kids, it does not mean it's destroying society, they said that about radio when it first arrived, then TV, then the first computer games, now the internet, yet we are still managing to study, get degrees, have ambition and achieve it, more now than we did BITD, when my mum was young very few of her friends, male and female were expected to go to uni and she has always been a very intelligent woman, now it's almost taken for granted that you will go, unless you really struggle with education and people have struggled long before any forms of electronic media were available.
Whilst I'm perhaps not quite
the hater of social networking that We_are_Stevo is - although it's probably a close run thing - all the same, there is a difference.
When social media was in it's infancy - it truly was a means to an end - it was a way in which people could more easily reconnect, or stay connected with people in a wider "social" circle than they would normally have the time or effort to maintain.
But that's spawned a new generation of people for who it's no longer a means to an end, but an end in it's own right. I've heard people at events say "This is going straight on my facebook wall..." - there once was a time when people did things for the experience, for what it meant to them. Now, some people do things merely for what they can say, or use as currency, on things like facebook. You can see this kind of mutuality that exists, whereby people spend time doing stuff to put up on there, then being smarmy to people they'd like to shine-on with, so that in turn, they will pour appropriate comments on their own stuff.
I suppose you could say it's just extending the societal or social metaphor - that people are no longer playing so much to people they have direct contact for, but for people they mainly only have virtual contact with, and that all that has really changed is the medium betwixt instigator and audience.
All the same, one way, or another, it has pervaded far beyond a conduit, and has become this self-fulfilling entity all by itself.
That I find much of it vapid and vacuous, I suppose is by-the-by, perhaps that's just an indicator of my misanthropy, perhaps merely curmudgeonly - but it does seem hand-in-hand with the whole celebrity culture and the cult of "reality" TV.
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