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Guest Blog:Joshua Dean-Social Addiction

26 Sep

Hello to you all out there in the blogosphere. If you are not familiar with me, my name is Joshua Dean. You’re probably wondering, “What did you do with the pretty brunette girl with the funny quips?” Well, she’s dead still here. I’m just filling in for a guest blog post, as she has so graciously done for me here. A little bit about me: I’m a senior at East Tennessee State University majoring in English with a minor in journalism. I like piña coladas, getting caught in the rain and I’m not into yoga. Now that you know me, you should not only follow me on Twitter, both professional and personal, as well as my highly informational blog.

Shannon’s blog focuses around social media, so I thought I would put my two cents in on the matter. Not only is social media amazing at keeping us up to date with our friends, colleagues and that old girlfriend you had back in that obscure town no one has ever heard of, it also acts as a HUGE time filler.

For me, it’s literally the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do before I go to sleep-check all of my social media outlets. I pine for that one Facebook argument, embarrassing twitpic or extra-filtered, extra-autocorrected, extra-hipster Instagram post to start my day off right. I’m not the only one.

As consumers, all we want to do is consume the hottest gossip or the newest information. Social media allows us to do just that, and it even adds a personal touch to it. If you don’t like the bit of information you see, simply block it, delete it or unfollow it. So, with a click of a button, you no longer see what Honey Boo Boo Child’s twitter feed or Chris Crockers risqué Instagram photos. This leaves more room for LOLCats anyway.

What I’m trying to convey is the power that social media holds on all of us. Soon, news outlets will be a thing of the past, and social media sites will be the ones running the news streets. I’m envisioning something very Anchorman-esque. It’s already happening. Twitter, as well as Facebook and Tumblr are bringing in writers to cover the news before newspaper journalists get it. That makes these outlets the first to report the news, which in turn makes you the first to see the news, which in turn gives you the right to make a gaudy Facebook status about it or come up with a completely unrelated hashtag for it like “#YOLO.”

Just try not to get caught up in the whole mess of it, and have fun. Keep posting those cat pictures, continue to tweet from the seat of your toilet, and yes, please do keep us informed about how your parents are horrible as your 12-year-old self posts that status from your new iPhone5, but can “#yolo” please die already? It’s lived its one life.  Now, bring in the dancing lobsters.

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