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Shakespeare never tweeted a sonnet!

 

I’m not sure where I heard the phrase, “Shakespeare never tweeted a sonnet,” but it must’ve been my favorite thing yet. I would think the phrase is saying that it’s difficult to picture someone so ancient doing something so modern. Therefore, it’s difficult to picture someone so modern to do something so ancient. I mean what teen will take a selfie nowadays with those disposable cameras our parents used to take with on our field trips? Not a whole bunch. As time progresses, things change. I get that, but the modernism I’m tackling here includes social media and the information we take in on a daily basis. One of the courses I’m currently taking really made me think about this. Seriously, do we actually intake useful information on a daily basis that is important in knowing about the world around us?

 

From social networks such as Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr, how many hours a day do you spend scrolling? Some users are hardcore and scroll for miles, but there are some that just check if they have notifications and call it a day. I’m aiming at you users with a tab open for each individual social media site you got yourself into. From my news feeds, my friends/followers usually share pop culture related posts; nothing really informative, but entertaining nonetheless. A lot of my friends declare that news are boring and dry and has nothing to do with them. But when the tables turn my friend, pop culture news and that really cute cat video also has nothing to do with you; it simply entertains you. I mean, everyone is free to share what they want, post what they want, and so forth, but be aware of what most things stand for. I don’t know if it’s a generation thing or what, but it’s definitely something.

 

I’m actually a large hypocrite as I’m a constant tweeter myself, but I’m just exploring this dynamic I see everywhere. How many teens right now actually know about what’s happening with the world? And I mean really happening with the world. Like international affairs and issues being faced by our country. Not a lot. Why is that? Is it because of the advancement in technology that allows us to filter and intake what we want?  I’m not saying you’re a bad person if you decide to read the article about Kim Kardashian over an article about serious politics, but I am saying to ask yourself why that’s the course of events. Saying “oh that’s just boring” isn’t going to cut it. How many of the retweets, reblogs, and revines are you going to have to make to rethink about what you’re learning and not learning online?

2 Responses to “Shakespeare never tweeted a sonnet!”

  1. This is awesome!!! I do feel that I have to address that you aren’t indeed a hypocrite? You may pose the question, why? Ihave seen your tweets constantly and I have also spoken to you in person so many times and you are aware of what is going on in this world we call home? Now I do have to say that this generation is only revolved in making new FRIENDS and NOT making a CHANGE in this world. They need to see the bigger picture and I’m afraid that most people won’t see that.
    Great blog my friend.

    Carlos Tovar
    (NIU)

  2. Great topic and worth a lot of exploration. When I was a student, I didn’t have a smartphone always at hand, full of entertaining (if useless) stuff. I can only imagine what it must be like to try and concentrate in class and out with that constant temptation.

    Also, it’s important to remember that 15 minutes spent trolling feeds is 15 minutes you didn’t spend doing something more worthwhile. And those 15-minute blocks over the course of a day add up!

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