Nugget Curation: Part Deux

1.   “The enticing nature of communicating with a large fan base can easily overcome the appeal of a deeper and more complex personable relationship. This is when our society begins to get into trouble. When we move towards being less personal in our interactions because of communications technology, we tend to forget the very purpose of the technology itself. The designed purpose of these inventions is to bring us closer together and not farther apart.”
-Joseph Webster, The Effects and Impact of Mass Communication Technology on Society (An Analysis and Theory)

2.   “Recent research has shown that the sound of a text message or an email hitting your inbox leads to the release of dopamine, a chemical activated when something enjoyable happens unexpectedly. If this is the case, then we could say that over-using technology trains the brain to relate these feelings of pleasure with this kind of interaction, further amplifying our desire to engage with it. The presence and growth of technology has brought with it a whole host of wonderful things. No one can deny that.”

3.   “Pictures and words are symbols used to represent real objects, events, and actions. Pictures are concrete representations that in nearly all cases physically resemble their referent objects; they are analogies of the real world. In contrast, words in nearly all cases are abstract representations that have an arbitrary relationship with their corresponding objects. Each word is actually a category that refers to a broad range of concrete objects (Glaser, 1992Paivio, 1986). Words carry the essence of an object, abstracting a stimulus into its basic, invariant properties.” (Elinor Amit, et al, The Use of Visual and Verbal Means of Communication Across Psychological Distance)

4.   “The huge amount of knowledge accessible by a click of the mouse has helped improve the quality of communication.Translating a text from an unfamiliar language to a familiar language, seeking out the meaning of an unknown word, and getting follow up information on an unfamiliar concept are all possible thanks to the internet.” (N. Nayab, How Has Technology Has Changed Amidst New Technologies)

5.   “Like the telegraph, it is used to send short messages. Like the telegraph, it is a controversial technology. In the 18th and indeed 19th centuries, most lauded the telegraph (with The Times, 1796, calling it an ‘ingenious and useful contrivance’ and Scientific American heralding it as the bringer of a ‘kinship of humanity’, cited in Fischer, 1992:2). Others at the time viewed it as a means to dumb down society and the harbinger of letter writing’s death. Indeed, even in the early 20th century, discussions of the telegraph’s impact on letter writing continued (e.g. The Times, 1990).” (Dhiraj Murthy, Towards a Sociological Understanding of Social Media: Theorizing Twitter)

The first nugget connects with this tag because does have a very large fan base, with many people and celebrities  having twitter accounts. The second nugget discusses how it the sound of your technology beeping can be pleasurable, so that shows how ingrained people are to their social media and cell phones. For nugget three, social media is all about words and pictures and what you have to say, so this make social media meaningful to some people because it has the power to mean a lot. Nugget four explains how technology and the internet are so accessible now that you can translate language with the click of a button and not think twice about it. Social media isn’t exclusive to to U.S or just English speaking countries, it’s universal. Nugget 5 says that even the telegraph was dumbing down society and people think that is true for social media like twitter as well.

Nugget 1 is all about communicating and if it is becoming lost in technology. Communication is very different today because of all the different ways you can do it. Nugget 2 connects with the tag communication because the sound of your phone buzzing communicates with your brain. Your brain realizes that someone wants to talk to you or you have a new follower. For nugget 3, words and pictures and connect and inspire people, which can lead to communication, whether it is with other people or for self-reflection. Nugget 4 explains that communication indeed has improved, whether or not it is impersonal due to the internet. Ever since humans began writing on cave walls, we have been communicating with each other. So in nugget 5, the evolution (or downfall) of communication may have started with the telegraph.

Nugget 1 explains that society may be in trouble when it comes to technology because it could be pushing us further apart when it was meant to bring people together. In nugget 2, I connect it with society because society seems to move with s trend. So when something becomes popular, other want to jump in. So society is going with the trend that is reacting excitedly to cell phone stimulus. Society can use words and pictures to mesh together, so in nugget 3, that is where I saw the connection. Like the third nugget, nugget 4 explains how society to cross barriers wen it comes to language translation and things similar to that. Assuming the telegraph was the first piece of technology used to communicate over long distance, society has it to thank for being the start of something either good or bad, depending on how you look at it.

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