Can You Put It Down?

   Image In this day and age it deeply disturbs me to think that children sit inside and stare at some kind of electronic device, whether it’s a tablet, cell phone or laptop they spend hours upon hours inside, not being active and most importantly not gaining the valuable moments that childhood has to offer. If you are a parent you should be setting limits to the amount of time your child can use such technology, not only the time but when and where they can use it. Personally I don’t believe that a child should even have a cell phone until their mid teens. However this just may be because I and probably most of you have grown up in a time without all this technology.

    By now you all know that Social Media is becoming a severe problem! I cannot remember the last time I was at a family function or just hanging out with friends and not witnessing someone being completely oblivious to their surrounding because they were on some form of social media. Quite frankly I find it extremely rude to be on your phone checking your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc while in the company of others. So for this holiday season I am going to be leaving my phone home during thanksgiving in order to be fully engaged with family and friends. Not only will I leave my phone home and avoid social media on the day of thanks, I will be asking all my family members as well to turn their electronic devises off as well. My hope is that we can all sit and eat dinner without anyone staring at their phone or Instagramming pictures of the dinner “instead of enjoying it”.

So for my readers I would also like to ask you to do the same, leave your phone home or turn it off for the day of thanks and enjoy the precious moments with friends and family. Better yet if you want to take it to another level see how long you can go without some form of social media. Get back to me and let me know what happens!

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On behalf of Living in the Media I want to wish all the readers a Very Happy Thanksgiving!





    Social media has had a profound influence in every single person’s life, whether they notice it or not. Social media has enabled people to connect with each other in a way never thought possible, not only has it allowed people to communicate instantly with one another it has given them an outlet to directly communicate with billions of people throughout the world. This has given people the unique opportunity to voice their comments, questions, concerns or whatever else it is they have to say to billions of people almost instantaneously! This has undoubtedly changed a lot of things in our lives, however it has also allowed people with the same ideology’s to connect and form groups or movements making it easier to protest on a massive scale. I believe that networking through social media platforms like twitter and Facebook will be the forefront for social political movements and it gives the people the ability to FORCE some serious changes in politics.

           hggjgh Before the internet people would use the radio or televisions as a way to communicate messages or news, but since the integration of Social media networking, news and other current events spread like wildfires throughout the world. This allows people to voice their opinion and to confide in others that share the same views, connecting these people for a purpose in this case political ideology. In 2001 Philippine President Joseph Estrada went on trial to be impeached, however partisans to Estrada in the Filipino Congress voted to dismiss crucial evidence against him ultimately setting the path for his freedom. A few hours after the announcement to dismiss the evidence, Filipinos took to the streets in outrage that their crooked president was about to get off the hook Scott free. The protest was organized mostly by forwarding text messages that read, “Go 2 EDSA. Wear blk.”. EDSA is short for Epifanio de los Santos Avenue which is the location of a major intersection in Manila. Within days millions of angry citizen have crowed downtown area, jamming traffic and disrupting businesses. The enormous and hasty response shook the country’s legislators so much so that they were forced to allow the dismissed evidence to be admitted into the trial. This event is significant because it was the first time Social media was used to help force a national leader out of his position, and is a perfect example of the public using Social Media to incite revolution and political change. hghf

Protesting has taken on a whole new form since the generation of social media. Since the dawn of the social media machine protests can be organized and implemented within hours, getting the message across to millions of like-minded people promptly and bringing them together quickly to provoke political and or civil changes. This is rapidly becoming the most effective way to mobilize the public as one to fight for a common goal, and it is my opinion the best possible method to utilize in order to encourage the type of worldwide governmental change that’s needed to solidify our planets wellbeing and to sustain the human race. Actor Russell Brand in an interview with Jeremy Paxman was asked to explain why anybody should pay attention to a guy’s political ideology who has not once voted in his life? Russell goes onto rant about how their just isn’t anyone he feels worth voting for, mainly because he doesn’t like the way the current governmental system is set up and in effect is only designed to enhance the life of a few people. Russell states their needs to be a revolution, saying “A movement for the people, by the people, in the service of the land.“ insinuating that we all need come together to better the people and mother earth instead of falling into the continuous trend of voting for people who do nothing but lie and use politics to better themselves.

I fully agree with Russell on his ideology, and the only reason I know what his thoughts are is because of social media, this is just a small yet very powerful example of how social media can be used to change the course of politics. Philippine President Joseph Estrada is yet another fine example of Social Media initiating and contributing to the political change. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Word press these are just some of the social media platforms we the public need to utilize in order to voice our opinions, concerns, comments and to come together to force the types of changes that are needed in today’s societies in order to better ourselves and to better the earth and most importantly preserve our world for future generations. They are the stepping stones to a brighter future where the people take charge and where nonviolent civil disobedience through social networking will allow the public to overthrow any inert governing force that has the audacity to steal, lie, and or murder their peoples. How will YOU use Social Media is better mankind for the future?

Russels Interview



Brand, Russell. “Russell Brand on Revolution: “We No Longer Have the Luxury of Tradition”” Russell Brand on Revolution: “We No Longer Have the Luxury of Tradition” Newstatesman, 24 Oct. 2013. Web. 26 Oct. 2013.

Shirky, Clay. “The Political Power of Social Media.” Global. Foreign Affairs, Jan.-Feb. 2011. Web. 27 Oct. 2013.

Fine, Bob. “How Social Media Has Changed Politics: It’s Not Just Tactics – The Social Media Monthly.” The Social Media Monthly. The Social Media Monthly, 18 Jan. 2013. Web. 27 Oct. 2013.

Technology Changing Social Interaction

“Technology Changing Social Interaction”

                                An excerpt from Jonathan Franzens upcoming book, The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus was published by The Guardian on Friday 13 September 2013. The very long excerpt is titled “What’s wrong With the Modern World” and focuses on how modern technology is changing the way social interaction occurs, and how it’s affecting  the younger generations for the worse.

         Using the Apple IPhone as an example, Franzen goes on to say “”It’s hard to get through a meal with friends without somebody reaching for an iPhone to retrieve the kind of fact it used to be the brain’s responsibility to remember”. Franzen’s arguing that with the development of new technology brings along a new era where people are becoming less intelligent, by relying on technology to remember things such as a close ones birthday. I was recently in New Orleans for a bachelor party, one night we all went out to a nice restaurant for dinner. After ordering our food, I placed the menu back down onto the table and when I looked up I found that everyone was staring into their laps using their smartphone instead of socializing. I demanded the phones be put away for the remainder of the meal and we carried on with normal conversation. Kraus jokes of a day when people can’t do something as simple as everyday mathematical functions; however in today’s society I don’t see this being farfetched. I am on the fence with this theory. Whether or not this is an immediate problem, I do agree that it has the potential to become a serious dilemma in the coming decades.

       The advancements in technology throughout the decades has undoubtedly schlepped along the foundation for society to accept the framework for a mindless generation. A generation influenced more by social networking in order to fill an interpretation of what the “global corporate system of control” considered “Cool”. With the invention of smartphones and the availability of them in the  21st century,  giant corporations have developed, adapted, and merged, almost seamlessly intergrading themselves into your everyday life, collecting and encouraging you to share your personal information. The Data collecting goes beyond your personal interests, it dives as deep as tracking your location and locations around you, essentially spying on your every move. Franzen scowls from the thought of social media, insisting it’s nothing but a bunch of malarkey. Although I agree and disagree with what Franzen has to rant about he does make some valid points.

       With technology consistently changing, people are becoming ever more reliant on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Social media networking has had an impaction on every industry from law enforcement to educational facilities and then some. According to the article in titled How Social Media Is Changing The World by Shea Bennett “684,487 Pieces of content are shared on Facebook every minute” this kind of data backs up what Franzen is talking about, and how the credibility of the published content is radically  unreliable. Social networking is making it easier for people to self-promote themselves on a scale never seen before; with a little bit of money you can virtually spread any type of content to millions of people instantly.


Bennett, Shea. “How Social Media Is Changing The World [INFOGRAPHIC].” – AllTwitter. Mediabistro, 25 June 2013. Web. 22 Sept. 2013.

Jonathan Franzen: What’s Wrong with the Modern World.” The Guardian. The Gaurdian, 13 Sept. 2013. Web. 26 Sept. 2013.

Bankoff, Caroline. “Jonathan Franzen Still Doesn’t Like the Internet.” Vulture. Vulture, n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2013.