Social Media & Societal Issues

They Call us the "Twitter Generation"

Trayvon Martin & the Zimmermann Trial, Boston Bombings, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Miley Cyrus, Kendrick Lamar vs. new school rappers. The news coverage American media brings can provide good discussions and debates but at the end of the day it seems like that's all they bring: discussions and debates, then on to the next trending topic of the week. It honestly gets overwhelming. Especially when you have people on social media such as Instagram and Facebook making fun of the events such as the Zimmermann Trial with the mocking of Witness Rachel Jeantel this past July. 

The point I'm trying to make is, when will it stop? I always felt my generation is spoiled and many want shit handed to them (19-23 year olds, estimated). We have the most opportunities in terms of education, changing society, finical gains, etc. My generation has the most power to change the world through social media alone than any generation in the history of America. And what do many of us do with it? Use it as a platform to stunt, brag, boast, impress people we claim we can care less about and are "irrelevant" and so forth. Granted, I give props to people who use it for networking, making actual change, and things of that nature but in all honesty, social media alone is not going to change the world. It can spark discussions, new knowledge, networking and encouragement but that's not going to stop gang violence as a whole in Chicago or bring peace in the Middle East. 

What'chu Gonna Do About It Though?

Earlier today I was browsing on Facebook and noticed how some people were talking about Miley Cyrus' turrible, turrible performance on this weekend's VMA's. Then I noticed how others were saying that people were more concerned about Miley Cyrus than the U.S. and Syria issues going on right now. That's very true indeed and it happens every time a celebrity makes news in the media. We all need to be more concerned about the true tea on the government and not just during election season or like this current Syria news. (Yet at the same time the Miley Cyrus discussion has a lot to do with racial stereotypes, but I digress..) 

But my question is, ok so what are you going to do about the U.S. & Syria situation other than make tweets and statuses about how people are more concerned about Miley? Are you going to take your ass on over to D.C. and talk to Obama and company about it? Majority of these people will forget about Syria in a few weeks with the rest of our forgetful asses. At the end of the day, we can make statuses, record videos, post IG pictures, and tweets about how people should care more about certain events than others but if that was really going to bring some kind of major change, it would have already happened. Because at the end of the day people are going to take their asses to these capitalist schools, colleges, and jobs, keep paying their bills and following the law. Holla if you hear me. 

It's the same way when people try to exclude themselves from this generation. You want to be a so called "outcast" but what are you doing to make yourself stand out? And not trying to stand out, but being genuinely you?

I know I can do better and I am very guilty of having an elitist attitude and sitting on my high unicorn (unicorn, not horse haha!) when it comes to knowing information that many others don't by referring to people as "sheeple"along with many other things I've said. In my own way, I even became a media zombie when addressing my opinion of the public response to the Zimmermann Trial. 

At the end of the day it's like ok cool, I tutor and mentor kids, I got my lil' advice blog and I try to give information through this blog and YouTube vlog, but I know I can do more tangible activities to establish change when it comes to things such as politics for example. I know at the end of the day I'm still succumbing to capitalism by the school I'm attending, my job, and the entertainment I enjoy no matter how much I can identify how capitalism is affluent in hip-hop, politics or in the educational system. I don't want to be seen as a social media activist, so I know I need to put more solid effort in if I want to see real change. 

No Progression

The reasons society is stagnant in progression are numerous. For one, and what I think is the main reason is people just don't give a damn about each other. So many people say this world and society needs to change but how the hell is anything going to change if people can't even respect one another on a good day? If people can't even do simple things such as saying "Excuse me" "Thank you", respecting other people's relationships, respecting other people in general, how is any major change going to occur? 

There are so man envious, jealous, conniving people out here disguised as "good people" and will talk a good game like they're innocent and obtain a positive persona on social networking sites and in person. You can't be mad at people for not wanting to deal with that and being untrusting. I can't speak for anybody but myself when I say I refuse to deal with anybody who don't respect me and I see that too much disrespect in society. And I know it can be petty, but I can admit that as well as I can admit people need to stop thinking they can walk over others like they don't matter.

Another reason in my opinion is that so many people are using news stories and events such as the Trayvon Martin situation as a platform to make themselves appear revolutionary and intelligent. If you're going to be revolutionary, a humanitarian, and supposedly drop knowledge, do it all the time, not just when a major news story like Syria or the Boston Bombings breaks out. I'm not going to go on and on like Erykah Badu listing the reasons, but lastly, I truly believe that if people knew their history more it would make a huge difference. History, in my opinion, is one of the most needed subjects yet the most underrated and underappreciated. And I know for a fact it's not taken as seriously as math and science because it would reveal too much information about what's really going on behind the scenes. 

In Conclusion

All in all, I think it's good to spread info online, to encourage and help others, to have discussions and to debate (as long as it's at a non-emotional and factual, logical approach) but at the end of the day it's about what you are actually DOING out of being genuine, not trying to make yourself look good or for any other selfish reasons. I have come to terms that you can't save the world and you can't help or save everyone. You're not going to get along and "unify" with everyone, it's unrealistic and it's not for everyone to get along and like each other. A lot of these things that are happening in the world are steps to bigger events that will eventually happen. And not to mention how the media LIES about a lot of this stuff on the news anyway. 

Real progression comes in not only being educated and having knowledge about information but in taking action such as teaching, learning, tutoring, mentoring, taking personal responsibility, sharing, and being a genuine person. Just doing better. Too much information and resources out here to be settling for mediocrity, ignorance, and average living. If you can tune in every Tuesday night to watch "Catfish", you can research and watch a documentary about your history. If you can talk about how stupid Joseline and Mimi from "LHHATL" are you can evaluate your own damn life. The "masses" aren't as "distracted" as you think as we have seen from the public response to the Trayvon Martin situation. 

It's fine to express your opinion on social issues, debate, and discuss them, but at the end of the day if you're not going to put in some real effort and action into changing things, all you have is your opinion and a social media account like millions of other people. And that's word to myself and this blogpost I just typed as well. Immortal Technique said it best, everybody's conscious about something. That doesn't mean you're going to change anything going on in the world. 



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