Generation Dislike

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It is conflicting for me. I see the influence, and hear the buzzword “empower,” but what does this empowerment allow them to do as adults? What does being concerned with other peoples opinions do to help aid personal growth? Then again, some kids need all they can get in terms of image boosters.

I think learning this kind of tech is a good thing, overall. BUT, it should be taught early on to be a thing of productivity, and not of social measure. What can students do that would benefit others (and subtly themselves)? How can the student use these tools as creative outlets, without letting the fact that they have no likes or followers be an issue? The case of the girl with the Hunger Games addiction, that was a mixed bag. On the one hand she was really passionate and it drove her to reach out. On the other hand, she was all about her followers and her status in her communities. Not so good.

“Biggest transformation we have had in terms of communicating with consumers.” Is all this about money? I felt an undercurrent with all the talk about companies tapping into the revenue well that is social media. Are the kids intelligent enough to know that their interactions with the screen are sometimes all for profit? Do they care? Probably not.

There needs to be a balance to a kids life. Although we did not get the other sides of the story, one can assume being online is a bulk of their time out of the day. There are some good stories about kids making a living for themselves and their families with their ability to hustle the web, something that was never possible in the past (the web hustle that is). But they are kids, and don’t fully know what they’re doing or who they’re influencing. It’s a weird road.

I agree with some of this, but most of it I see as a degeneration of society. Maybe I’m just old school. But with all things, learning to use something opens a lot of doors, and I think there is a lot of untapped potential out there, just sitting in our classrooms. EDUCATION!!

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4 thoughts on “Generation Dislike

  1. lgcortez

    I have to agree with your comments on the video especially when you said “I think learning this kind of tech is a good thing, overall. BUT, it should be taught early on to be a thing of productivity, and not of social measure.” There need to be parameters and guidelines set for young people on the web.

    As I posted and mentioned on my blog about the news broadcast of the two 9-year-old girls being convicted as adults for stabbing another 9-year-old girl over a mythological creature they found and read on the web. Young minds need to be educated on what they may encounter online. How to use this information and not to just take what they find as actual truths. More so to take information, analyze it and become critical, evolved thinkers.

    • Slender man is not a game for kids. Nor is it anything a kid should watch. You watch that weird stuff when you are older and not so influenced by the extreme stuff going on in the screen. Yes, they need to learn to be like, this is not productive, let me move on to something else. I think that kind of thinking will lead to intellectual curiosity in older years. Hopefully!!

  2. sjknight

    Thanks for your post. Do you think the Hunger Games fan would still be a fan without the social component? Was her world damage because she looked for that validation? I can’t help seeing an alternative version (on we will call it Earth ‘no tech’) of this girl alone in a school cafeteria rereading a HG book…not fitting in, in her own world. Which girl is better off?
    The social connectedness via the web may seem superficial, but if it leads to feeling connected and builds confidence…is that bad?

    • I forget about the opposite side of things, like what children would have without tech, and the answer is nothing. Or the outlet is blocked by social pressures. It’s not bad, especially if it affirms those who need it most, or would not get it otherwise. Good point sir!

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