Our world and our scope have been expanded with the internet and all it provides. We are able to get news as it's happening, Instagram our dinners and Skype loved ones across the world. Some of the crap posted is absurd, but we like absurd. Some of the content isn't true, doesn't matter and is hurtful to others, and I wonder if we can distinguish the good from the bad.
Personally, the internet has allowed me to have a super-long-distance relationship. In addition, I grew up in a different state from my father, so the internet allowed us to stay in better contact. It's positives are indescribable in my particular scenario.
But what about the negatives? What about our desire to constantly be on our phones or connected to some sort of social media? What about the insatiable appetite for news, gossip and 140-character wit? This NPR program, along with the fantastic class I just finished in December, has opened my eyes to see the impact of social media and Wikipedia and Google and political blogs and Gawker and and I could go on for days.
How do you think, as bloggers, the internet is shaping us? Sure, I adore the creative outlet, the community of friends and the opportunities it has presented. What about the culture of blogging, the popularity contest it can be and the superficiality it can (unfortunately) bring out in us all?
Just some food for thought on this Thursday evening. xoxo