I’m sitting here in the living room of my sorority house, laptop on my lap (duh, where else would my LAPtop be?), the Grammy awards on the big television screen, and 10 of my other sorority sisters on the couches beside me. You would think that we haven’t moved in a week because this is exactly what we were doing last Sunday, same time, same place, except a little thing called the Super Bowl was on.
Looking around this room, I realize that we are all media-obsessed (and that is a relatively light adjective to use). We are sitting here on our laptops, tweeting, facebook posting/stalking, bbm-ing, yet all seemingly focused on the main media event of the evening, whether it be the Grammys or the Super Bowl. Interestingly though, even with all of these distractions, we still find a way to talk throughout the entire show. So not only are we expressing our opinions on our own blogs, tweets, and wall posts, but we are also verbally expressing how we feel openly and honestly.
During the Super Bowl most of the conversation was around the commercials, commenting on which commercials were well-done and which were just plain stupid. Whether it was praise, critique, or just a plain statement, every single girl had something to say about even the most trivial part of every commercial shown. But it was not enough for us to express it out loud; we also wrote how we felt on every social media site we were an active part of. And of course tonight is no different. But I truly like how opinionated we all are.
In this media-frenzy society we now live in, some people argue that it has made us less connected to others in ‘real’ life. I have definitely always believed this, as I consider myself guilty of just that. While in a sense we all do look pathetic as we sit here surrounded by all forms of technology, I feel even more connected to these girls and what we are watching. While we are “hiding” behind our computers, we are also engaging each other in conversation, just in a different way.
These social media sites are structured in a way so that everyone has their own voice. Everyone talks about themselves, “likes” certain things, “follows” certain people, posts about certain subjects. Because these sites have enabled people to be themselves and carve out their own identity, people have done so in “real” life as well. It is now becoming a social norm to say what’s on your mind at any given time because we do that anyways on Facebook and Twitter.
What I have to say about all of this is: Cheers to Individualism! Gone are the days where we just sit and watch what is going on. As media consumers and producers, we actually have a voice and love to use it when possible. Social media has provided a platform upon which we voice our own opinion and connect with those that feel the same or disagree. Either way, now more than ever we are engaging in an open dialogue. So while I sit here on Facebook and Twitter, watching the Grammys, I am also listening to everyone’s comments out loud gaining more insight and keeping the conversation going, at all times.
Right now we are all talking and posting about Lady Gaga’s outfit. She is individualism personified, and I love every bit of it and her eggshell (?!?!) costume.