by Kenneth Justice
~Things are changing fast and depending what part of the world you are living in you are seeing a culture creep up around you that looks less and less like the one you grew up in.
Yesterday YouTube announced the introduction of pay channels, apparently YouTube had been observing how much the public liked the new Facebook add-on’s which allow users to pay money in order to make their status updates more visible to friends (please note the sarcasm in my tone)
See if this surprises you;
10 years ago YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Huffington Post, and TMZ did not exist.
It was less than 10 years ago (2007 actually) when we in Western Societies began texting each other on our cellphones more often than we call each other.
This morning Huffington Post introduced its new Huff Post Japan, its first move into Asia.
These Internet sites have not only revolutionized the Net; they have changed the world around us.
1) YouTube has changed the way we share videos
2) Facebook has changed the way we connect
3) Twitter has shortened our sentences down to 140 characters
4) Huffington Post forced Newspapers around the globe to start giving away their articles for free on the Internet
5) TMZ changed every element of how we view celebrities and disseminate information.
So I have a simple question; Are you really ready for where its going?
The World is changing
The Culture is changing
Its not slowly changing….its literally changing overnight.
When we go to sleep tonight, on any given night, we often wake up to Headlines that in the past, would have caught us off guard.
But now we are used to it; terrorist attacks, bombings, Pinterest, YouTube pay channels, Economic Crisis in Greece….very little surprises us anymore…..
The world we are creating and the culture being created around us will soon look less and less like the one we knew as children.
While that may be good in some ways…..it can also be very bad.
I’ve been reading a book this past week titled, “The Twilight of American Culture”
I’m not sure what I think of the book yet. I finished it, but I usually take a few weeks to ruminate over what I read before I come to a conclusion or an opinion.
However, consider for a moment the opening paragraph from the introduction,
“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when a serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk: culture-death is a clear possibility”
How’s that for intense???
I read the sentence, “…a people become an audience” and I couldn’t help but think the way we use Facebook & Twitter to tell our ‘audience’ what we had for dinner the night before or the type of shoes we are considering purchasing……
I will be honest…..
I’m not sure what all of this means….
I’m not sure where we are going….
I’m not even sure if I’m ready myself…..
I only know that I am definitely ready for another cup of coffee…
Categories: Culture & Society