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.

Source: www.english.upenn.edu

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.

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7 comments on “But Social Media Is Not That Evil

  1. Social media is like every other tool – it has its merits and its demerits. You can use it for good or for evil. A hammer in the hand of a carpenter or in the hands of a serial killer…what would each do with it?

    So we can use it for good…rubbing minds as we do on this blog and a myriad of others or we can use it for evil – like trolling and spewing vitriolic across the ‘Net.

    It’s really down to how the individual chooses to use it.
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      • Miss Chibuzo on said:

        I guess replying here is my way of seconding this motion…..please and biko teach us how to make money jawe and lets shame those saying social media is evil!…lol

  2. Miss Chibuzo on said:

    SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT EVIL at all unless you make it and anyone who has made it evil is destined to make evil out of anything even without the existence of social media.

    Do you know the amount of awareness social media has created….Do we want to start educating ourselves on how people instead of being unemployed, looking for six figure oil, legal, engineering or medical jobs have sought other and better means of livelihood through social medial; or is it how talents that many never knew they had, has exploded over the years. Even people develop their vocabularies just by reading comments and post in any social media platform. We have many writers like “OFILISPEAKS” even now than before and social media has also given none-writers like “ME” a platform to air our opinion and also contribute to the society.

    We are no longer living in the shadows of happenings around us and waiting for a few privileged people to filtrate these stories and feed us with garbage as information. History in schools are a repetition of irrelevant stories in the name of curriculum but social media gave us access to the undiluted global stories we need to know.

    Slave trade was not caused by social media; terrorism has always existed; people have killed, raped, fornicated, scammed etc……evil has always existed even as far back as in the Bible. All social media did or has done is to help make the world more educated and more aware of these evil around them and suggest options on how to live and survive even in the mist of all these evil. Let no one attribute any evil on social media but on the people who have decided to be evil as they will always be, regardless of social media…..“It’s called choosing your path!”

    I think the question we should be asking ourselves is: “What would have been the situation in the world if there was no social media”

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