social media

Selfie, selfie on the phone; Who’s the coolest of them all?

“Some social scientists lump the selfie trend — which is most popular among younger social media users — into the larger narcissism that they say is more prevalent among today’s preteens and adolescents, arguing that the self-portraits are an extension of their self-absorption, while others view it as nothing more than an outlet for self-expression, which just happen to be shared more publicly via the communication mode of our times — social media” writes Alexandra Sifferlin for the blog healthland.time.com

In reaction to this Dr. Pamela Rutledge says that the idea behind the selfie is completely normal nowadays arguing that “Technology is changing so fast that even small generational gaps are meaningful in how we view ‘normal’ “.

As for myself, I will have to agree with Dr. Rutledge. I don’t see a problem in making a selfie and even posting in on the social platforms. On the other hand, I cannot argue against the statement that what this trend does is drawing preteens and adolescents into a larger narcissism loop. However, it is never the normal condition of something the one that bothers us.  So how do you react when you see people taking ‘selfie’ to a whole another level?

If you haven’t laughed in a while and you are reading this post, I will take the credentials. 🙂

 

Andra Tirnovan

Journalism Year III

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Reconsidering social media

I have never been a Twitter fan. But after seeing Stromae’s new video, I have to say that I don’t even plan to be one.

Even if tweets aren’t exactly “my thing”, I still use other social media like Facebook or Instagram and since I started using them, I have been fighting an ongoing with myself, it was always a love-hate type of relationship. From the beginning I was concerned with how would the media affects my every day life and I always try to keep it somehow balanced, but I was soon to find out that is quite difficult.

Whether it is at home, in a bus, on a street, at a restaurant and so on, I tend to have a phone in my hand, scrolling constantly through information that is more or less relevant to me. The plus side is that I rarely get bored, or feel alone, but the down side is, in my opinion bigger than the benefits. Not only I feel the need to interact with people face-to-face more rarely, but also when it happens, I can be absent in the conversation, or even socially awkward as I literally forget how to simply “talk to people”.

Balancing the online and the offline can be difficult, but not impossible. I am happy that I (still) take pleasure in going under the radar for a while and don’t care about the latest posts or notifications.

In the digital era that we live in, I might be part of one of the last generations to do that. Should my generation adapt to the newest ones? Or should the new one take after mine and try to moderate their access to the online-especially social media?

I for one, would not want to be “slaughtered” by an evil blue bird.

What do you think?

 

Written by C.C.

When two cultures clash and intertwine: Mexican drug cartels and social media

by Bogdan Sucilă

While the events of recent years, such as the Arab Spring and the violent protests in Istanbul or Kiev, have garnered massive media attention, giving television channels worldwide a fair share of graphic imagery, there is one conflict that can easily rival, or even topple them, in terms of bodycount and brutality. It has been going on for more than 7 years, at the other end of the world, in a country that enjoys relative political stability, at least when compared to the aforementioned. I am talking of course about Mexico, where people, albeit poor and generally lacking proper living conditions, prefer not revolt against their government, but rather to dwell under its wing, hoping that it will protect them against a much more terrifying threat: the country’s numerous drug cartels, which besides being notorious for their brutality, can outmatch more than half of the world’s armies in terms of numbers and weaponry.
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