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I think social media is one of the most brilliant things we’ve introduced in the 21st century. It’s opened up communication on such a super-sonic global level. Through Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. our world has become a smaller place. We’ve seen the amazing ways that it can be utilized (think Iraqi elections, the riots and protests in Egypt and Iran, and the Libyan revolution). In Colorado, Twitter and Facebook were HUGE when the Waldo Canyon Fire threatened the cities of Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, and Manitou Springs. I’ve also seen how it is used for stupidity (read: every single Justin Bieber/One Direction trend to ever hit Twitter).
I’ve met amazing people through social media. I love the Colorado Springs tweet ups that happen once a month. I’ve made a connection with a new friend, who I’m pretty sure is my long lost sister. There are things about my community I’ve discovered I love! Free concert nights in parks. Quirky towns with awesomely random gift shops. A huge Olympics celebration downtown. The amazing, generous, big-hearted people who live here.
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Nevertheless, there is a side to social media that wears me down.
Our computer age has diminished our care for people. We’ve developed callouses on our hearts and minds. Now that we have the ability to think what we want and broadcast that to a wide audience, we do it without a second thought. Whether it’s political or religious or lifestyle, we can voice our opinions with seemingly little consequence. If it’s pithy and slightly biting, we don’t see any issue with typing it out furiously and clicking “tweet” or “post”. It seems we no longer realize that there are people on the other side of the computer screens we stare at for hours on end. While we all have a right to voice our...
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