Social media genie is out of bottle
Have you discovered Spotify? It’s amazing. It’s no wonder Apple bought its competitor ‘Beats’ for $3 billion. The new-fangled streaming music invention will probably and finally put paid to your record collection, your cassette collection, your CD collection and now your lovingly crafted iTunes playlists collection taking up gigabytes and terabytes of hard drive space.
Nowadays, it’s all about being in ‘the cloud’. Forme it’s another marvel of the internet and an aspect of the social media environment we live within.
What has social media to do with music? You get to see what your friends are listening to and that’s a fantastic bonus when looking for something new or being reminded of a long forgotten favourite. You don’t interact, simply look into what a friend is playing. It can be very creative. That’s cool.
It’s a funny term isn’t it – ‘social media’. But it’s the right term. It’s a form of media for everyone, which completely circumvents the fourth estate of the established press media.
Take Twitter in conflict areas or how it has reshaped emergency response, Real Time info feeds. Combined with amobile device we see and read what we want, more so than what we are fed. Which is ironic reading it here in a Fairfax newspaper.
But social media can be bad too. Sick of reading every little minutia of inane drivel your friends deem significant? Yep. I’m there.
It’s great as a tool, as a connector, as an information disseminator, but to see and read how fantastic someone else’s life is and how so much ‘better’ than yours can be, at times, soul destroying and inwardly dangerous.
Only the good stuff gets shown and everything appears rosy. We should remember what we see in this medium is a construct, that it’s not reality. We are still learning what to post, and how much of a pinch of salt to apply.
Social media is still new, but the genie is out of the bottle, still wallowing in its own self importance, an addictive habit we are still learning how to use. I took Facebook off my mobile. It was getting ridiculous.
We need to remember to get on with our lives.