Digital media is hurting civilization, the world me and you live in. Our world is so absorbed in the media and technology that it is almost impossible to find a place on earth that has not been impacted by media. I think it is a good idea to not put put away technology completely, but put aside this digital media because it is hurting social relationships, and in turn, hurting the social skills that the younger generation needs to enhance our society. These are the foundation of what makes a civilization. Karl Marx said that society is basically a sum of interpersonal relationships, and one great way to do that is to help the younger generation talk to each other face-to-face.
The start of digital media started with the following events:
- In the early centuries, church leaders started hand-writing books to preach from. Missionaries needed these books to teach as well, and to give to the people.
- The printing press came out, which helped distribute all these books to people.
- In the twentieth century, different forms of book culture started to come out, using the latest technology. These evolved to the media we have today.
Communication now is largely given by means of mass media, be it Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, text message, phones, etc., and that is pretty much how our culture works and communicates now, mainly on the very personal scale with phones and tablets. Civilization has changed in that we now communicate with all this mass media mostly, and face-to-face communication has been hindered. This very compelling video very much highlights my point on how we need to put down our phones and devices so we can focus on those around us.
I also found a TED talk by Sherry Turkle (above), who talks about how media is taking us places that we do not want to go, and how we're creating trouble because we do not know how to relate to each other. She said that she talked to people and said that they need to keep eye contact while texting, and her daughter and her friends "being together without being together" because they are on their phones. She even quoted a young man who said, "Someday, someday, but certainly not now, I would like to learn how to have a conversation." Digital media is preventing the younger generation from enhancing the social skills that they need in order to communicate.
Interpersonal relationships and good communication skills are what makes up a society. When this mass digital culture came in, these relationships and communication skills were hindered because it is on the personal level that a civilization starts, and with that foundation being hurt, civilization is hurt. I think digital media is a great thing, and you may as well, but it should not get in the way of these face-to-face personal relationships that make that solid foundation for a great community and civilization.