Some Thoughts on Social Media Today

get a life

While watching a Texas Ranger’s ball game on the tube last night the camera panned the bleachers as they usually do throughout a game and they caught something that just wrinkled my skivvies as I watched it.

Three people sitting next to each other who apparently came together are each spending time checking their iPhones rather than enjoying their ballpark experience with each other and the fans surrounding them.

How desparate are we that we can’t go anywhere anymore without taking these electronic objects that obscure and block the human contacts of social activities?  Why bother to be a participant anymore in such events if all you really want to do is know what your BFF is doing or thinking at every moment of every day?

I have two short pieces here that sum up pretty well I think how social media today has robbed us of some of our humanity.

The first is a humorous piece with comedian Tig Notaro on Conan O’Brian’s late night show.  Click on Tig Notaro’s name at the top of this video to get the full size YouTube version


and the other is a verse from Native American poet Sherman Alexie – The Facebook Sonnet 


9 responses to “Some Thoughts on Social Media Today

  1. I am amazed at what has become of baseball fans. We used to talk incessently (between innings) about the nuances of the game. It was a social experience you shared with the ones you were with. And baseball has infinite nuance to mine, plus history stretching back for comparisons galore. Today’s fan barely understands the game and just seems content to surf on waves of excitement while twitching their thumbs, taking pictures with their phones, and “being seen” on the big screen. Our National Pastime has become a minor social media event.

    • I’m not quite sure most baseball fans have reached this level yet Stephen but with the growth of iPhone usage it will likely become more routine than it currently is.

  2. Funny…… a couple of points, though. I never understood baseball. If I want to get together with my friends and drink beer…… why, gosh, I don’t have to go to a stadium, pay for parking, drop $50 bucks for a ticket and then have these guys with bats and balls break up our conversation. We just go to a park and grill brats and burgers and pretend we are at a tail-gate party. Cheaper.

    Second….the Conan clip was really funny. I don’t watch Conan, so thanks for sharing it on social media. heheeh.

    But seriously, folks…… my daughter set me up with a Facebook Account when she went to Europe for school about four years ago. Said it was a good way to check out what she was doing. She posted great photos, some really funny, from Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, it turned out great. Then I linked up with some political folks here in Wisconsin who are fighting wtih the corrupt administration of Governor Scott ‘piece of shit’ Walker. It became a virtual billboard of articles from across the state, as well as a rallying point for organization meetings and stuff. Great folks. And now that Boy Wonder is on the road with the TV show folks…. he can send quick messages on his phone….’Dad…in Columbus, OH….’ Flying into New Hampshire’ …….and he sends neat photos of stuff he sees on the road.

    I got used to it. It’s kind of fun….. and like any other media…. it is all about how you use it.

    Friend sent me a link to some songs …seems like when Woody Guthrie died they found thousands of songs he had penned, but never set to musci. Rock group named Wilco did a great job…. two albums worth, called Mermaid Ave. Seems that is where Woody lived for a bit.

    try this one….

    … send ya’ll a meatloaf recipe next….. sharing thoughts , songs, recipes….see, it’s all good iffen ya wanna it to be

    • I agree completely Jim. Facebook was initially set up for family and real close friends to stay in touch, with the ability to provide pics. And when used in that fashion it’s still a medium that has benefits. But as you say, it’s how you use it, and when people I have “Liked” start sending everything they do throughout the day I want to unfriend them real quick. I really don’t care where they’re at every minute or what they think of the rude dude who just pulled in front of them on the Interstate, Good Gawd man! Get off the iPhone and drive.

      I guess the point I was trying to make was when you’re with friends or relatives, don’t insult them by “chatting” with others on social media sources. Like Tig Natoro says, “you gotta live in the moment”.

      Loved the YouTube piece by Billy Bragg & Wilco doing a version of Woody Guthrie’s unpublished work. Putting it to music today with the technology we have really brings his music to a level that is hard to get when listening to it in its original form on the old plastic 78rpm disc being played on a phonograph.

  3. Larry…. I really did get your point…. and I agree totally. I resisted the kids and the FB thing almost as much as I first resisted getting a cell. ‘ Dad’. they would explain…..and then just do it for me whether I liked it or not. Daughter is burning me copies of Mermaid avenue…. I cannot figure that out, nor do I want to. There is a Volume II for Mermaid Ave. that is even better…….has been out for a long time. Doan know how I MISSED IT, CAUSE I LOVE BOTH WILCO AND WOODY..????? dumb me. lemmee leave you with a joke a Canadian just sent me….broke me up, and I thing you understand my, ah, humor…

    A young guy from North Dakota moves to Florida and goes to a big “everything under one roof” department store looking for a job.

    The Manager says, “Do you have any sales experience?” The kid says, “Yeah. I was a vacuum salesman back in North Dakota.”

    Well, the boss was unsure, but he liked the kid and figured he’d give him a shot, so he gave him the job.

    “You start tomorrow. I’ll come down after we close and see how you did.”

    His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it. After the store was locked up, the boss came down to the sales floor.

    “How many customers bought something from you today?” The kid frowns and looks at the floor and mutters, “One”. The boss says “Just one?!!? Our sales people average sales to 20 to 30 customers a day.

    That will have to change, and soon, if you’d like to continue your employment here. We have very strict standards for our sales force here in Florida. One sale a day might have been acceptable in North Dakota, but you’re not on the farm anymore, son.”

    The kid took his beating, but continued to look at his shoes, so the boss felt kinda bad for chewing him out on his first day. He asked, “So, how much was your one sale for?”

    The kid looks up at his boss and says “$101,237.65″.

    The boss, astonished, says $101,237.65?!? What the heck did you sell?”

    The kid says, “Well, first, I sold him some new fish hooks. Then I sold him a new fishing rod to go with his new hooks. Then I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him a twin engine Chris Craft. Then he said he didn’t think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4×4 Expedition.”

    The boss said “A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a boat and a TRUCK!?”

    The kid said “No, the guy came in here to buy tampons for his wife, and I said, ‘Dude, your weekend’s shot, you should go fishing………'”..

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