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SOC 100 The Dumbest Generation/ Social Imagination

by: Marta Velarde

SOC 100 The Dumbest Generation/ Social Imagination COMM 110

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This is a part of what social imagination we have been covering for week 2.
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Date Created: 09/09/16
C. Wright Mills article “The Promise” shows social imagination as how we see ourselves and how we compare ourselves with society. In the “Dumbest Generation” by Mark Bauerlein, he states how the generation now is more dependable on social media and compared to his generation, they relied on hard copies of newspapers or books. In a way, the idea that Bauerlein says that this generation relies more on social media is true but that does not make them have “disregards [towards] books and reading” (article). Although many of the people now a days use some type of device to look at books, newspapers or articles, they are still getting involved with the act of reading. And in some cases where people get eBooks or any other internet source book, Bauerlein forgets that many people still rely on books to obtain information on topics or to have a good reads. Media does allow people to be interact with many people but a dumb generation, we really aren’t. If you think of the good outcomes of not buying hard copy books, many trees would be saved. Not just only great outcomes could come for nature but also for older people. Yes, many of the younger generation would certainly know more on technology than an adult, but everything can be taught and passed on from one person to the other. It overall seems that Bauerlein does not see some of the good outcomes from social media because his belief is more towards people becoming dumber rather than smarter in regards to what they now have available. I have noticed during the time that I was in high school, I would usually stay tuned to what happened in my Instagram, snapchat and Facebook but now, not so much. I’m not going to lie and say that I never go on my social media anymore but I try to go on for just a couple of minutes and not be dragged to the addicting world again. You could say I rely on some way on my social platforms to communicate with friends in case I need some help on any assignment, books or events. The fact that I am able to communicate with friends quickly by a text or message on Facebook or Instagram, changes the speed difference compared with sending letters. The positive outcomes of social media is that I can be entertain by funny pictures, inspirational post or anything that I could relate to but it all can be addicting. It’s all fun and games until you have many assignments due and you were finding out about the Kardashians or something. Social media is time consuming and if we don’t control it, it can have negative outcomes but we just have to be careful on how we use are time and knowledge of what we now can access.


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