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Community Feel

// Posted by on 05/23/2015 (8:27 PM)

I think anytime we can get together and discuss ideas and share knowledge it is a good thing.  I think about all of the sites that are availabe to us now that we can use to help us do things such as change the color of our kitchens!  Pinterest sends me updates with decorating tips, Weather.Com sends me updates regarding potential weather issues, Food Lion sends me the sale items for the week, Target sends me Cartwheel updates, NBC 12 alerts me to news bulletins, and the list goes on.  It is hard to imagine a world without all of this community.  It is hard to imagine because we have gotten used to it, but it wasn’t that long ago that we had to wait until Walter Cronkite came on to let us know what happened that day.  Not that long ago at all.   For those of you that were not alive when he was on the news, it was like having your grandfather tell you about what went on in the world that day!   There are some that say the world was better off then, I don’t know if that is true, but I do know it is different.

Community used to be the commune for the members and then it morphed into the WELL.  Same people just a different medium.  Ideas and thoughts were still shared just differently and to a wider audience.  I really liked how Reve Basch described the WELL in this week’s reading when speaking of contacting experts, “I can contact any of them directly, through email, or post a plea for information in a public conference and more often than not, be deluged with insights and informed opinions” (154).  I think this is really nice and the way that things should be, but it is not.

True Story!  Yesterday I went to the quarry in Ruckersville to get samples of soil.  I decided to eat lunch in a restaurant in Orange that a friend of mine owns.  It is called the Dairy Corner.  They serve hamburgers, fries, and of course ice cream.  When I got there I noticed a sign on the door that they were going out of business and their last day was May 31.  I went in and ordered my food and while I was waiting I did what I do when I am alone eating I got out my phone and went to Facebook.  I looked up my friend’s page and found the note that she had posted about the Dairy Corner’s closing.  I read the posts that others had made expressing their sorrow and then I read one that was so mean I could not believe it.  I felt so sorry for my friend because I know she had to have seen it and then I felt sorry for the person that wrote it.  I doubt very seriously that she would come up to my friend and say it to her so why did she think it was okay to post it for everyone to see?  Why do we do that?


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Comments:


Jessie said...

Ginger,

I am so sorry to hear about your friend’s restaurant and the inconsiderate mean post. I have always had a difficult time understanding the cruel side of social media and it is the reason why I shy away from it. Daily there are news stories of children, as well as adults posting thoughtless posts that have devastating consequences. People truly need to think before they post.

// 05/23/2015 at 9:34 pm

Lois said...

Hi Ginger,

Good question…why do we do that? Well, I for one don’t do that and I think people who do post mean or hurtful comments are the same people who if the medium wasn’t available for them to be incognito, would find some other method to communicate their opinions, good or bad.

It’s interesting that human nature takes an ugly turn for the worst when people can say whatever they want knowing no one is going to know who they are and basically they will suffer no obvious consequences. At least not immediate consequences…I think the saying that what goes around comes around applies here! Karma can indeed be a bitch!

Unfortunately social media can bring out the worst in people who are trying to be mean or get back at someone. For example, I’ve seen adults who break off a relationship post the most awful, personal things about each other online for others to see. I would be mortified! But, it happens.

So, that is the bad side of social media but there is the good and positive side also. I think each of us have touched on that in at least one of our previous posts. The sense of community and sharing is healthy. We just have to know when to say “when.”

// 05/23/2015 at 10:19 pm

David said...

I’d guess that disembodiement comes with a sense of invincibility, and in turn people do things with the thought that there are no consequences online. No ‘e-procussions (sorry – couldn’t help myself). It’s unfortunate, but it’s also helped me to say things that maybe I wouldn’t otherwise say — certainly nothing malicious, but things that I thought were funny, or silly, and perhaps wouldn’t have said in person. Unfortunately, some people see it as a license, or a free pass to say awful things to people. This, I suppose, would be an example of doing things to “belong” or “share.”

// 05/23/2015 at 11:23 pm

Kindall said...

Ginger,

You make a great point! We certainly do seem to love the confrontational divide that the internet provides for us. I know this issue has come up quite a bit in the dating world as well.

The first time I broke up with a boyfriend, I was seeking advice from my older siblings, parents, and friends and the generational differences in advice was astounding.

My friends said send a text. My siblings thought a quick phone call would suffice. My parents said face-to-face interaction was the only acceptable way to handle the situation.

Why do we hide behind the internet/technology when we want to say something controversial? And, like we have mentioned in class, what does this do to our tone when the message is read by another person?

For all of its glory, social media definitely has downfalls. I think you were right to ask why we are leaning more towards this type of interaction.

// 05/26/2015 at 10:08 am