But Social Media Is Not That Evil
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I have always been a proponent of the fact that social media is not a distraction, it is not a weakness and it is definitely not evil as is the widespread belief.
Rather social media like any other form of media is as empowering as the user makes it. Through social media I have written 3 books and about to complete a 4th book. Through social media
I met one sexy girl I have been invited to speak at various events across the globe and gotten to even write comedy sketches for BBC … all while maintaining a full-time job as an Engineer!
That’s why when I hear people talk about social media as if it some sort of evil terrorist that is about to destroy the future of the planet … I stare in confusion. How I wish more people would educate others about the social media benefits. How I wish …
I guess someone heard my wish. Because this week I came across an actual Creative Writing Course at the University of Pennsylvania. And suffice it to say, I was blown away!
Rather than criticize the internet aka social media as wasteful … they instead created a course to show how the internet can be used for English good. Check out the course description below.
ENGLISH 111.301 taught by Kenneth Goldsmith
We spend our lives in front of screens, mostly wasting time: checking social media, watching cat videos, chatting, and shopping. What if these activities — clicking, SMSing, status-updating, and random surfing — were used as raw material for creating compelling and emotional works of literature?
Could we reconstruct our autobiography using only Facebook? Could we write a great novella by plundering our Twitter feed? Could we reframe the internet as the greatest poem ever written? Using our laptops and a wifi connection as our only materials, this class will focus on the alchemical recuperation of aimless surfing into substantial works of literature.
Students will be required to stare at the screen for three hours, only interacting through chat rooms, bots, social media and listservs. To bolster our practice, we’ll explore the long history of the recuperation of boredom and time-wasting through critical texts about affect theory, ASMR, situationism and everyday life by thinkers such as Guy Debord, Mary Kelly Erving Goffman, Betty Friedan, Raymond Williams, John Cage, Georges Perec, Michel de Certeau, Henri Lefevbre, Trin Minh-ha, Stuart Hall, Sianne Ngai, Siegfried Kracauer and others. Distraction, multi-tasking, and aimless drifting is mandatory.
What did you think about that! Would you take this course if given the opportunity? And do you think the world and media is to hard on social media? Let me know in the comments section below.
Written By Okechukwu Ofili of ofilispeaks.com
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