Today was uneventful, the type of day that comes and goes in the blink of an eye.I don’t feel any different than I did when I woke up. At around the same time, but in the a.m., I was in these same pajamas and in the same bed.
I may be a little darker, though. I spent the day at the island–South Padre Island–with two friends basking in the Texas-sized sun. This is one of the perks of living on the border and next to the Gulf of Mexico. I’m just a short trip away from a beautiful little island, an oasis in times of turmoil.
The TV in front of me keeps distracting me–four guys are talking about social media in a (Spanish? Latin American? Not sure) show named Cuadriga. Two of them are journalists, one is German and the other, I believe, is Spanish. The host initially asked the Spaniard what he thought about social media (and its impact on countries, especially Arab countries), and the guy said it had accelerated the news, and therefore, change, or something along those lines. I completely agree, even if I never grew up during a time when things were “slow.” I use quotation marks because the word is relative. What’s slow to me may be steady to you.
Anyway, as they kept on talking a thought came to me. By no means is it revolutionary (this thought), but it has to do with revolutions. People, particularly the marginalized and the youth, are challenging their governments. Well, duh. What I never realized is that these people, in using and having access to social media, are governing themselves and each other. Is social media allowing us and encouraging us to govern ourselves? Is the public, via social media, in a way replacing governments that have consistently failed to meet their needs?
I feel like traditional journalism is the most talked about nemesis of social media, the enemy that keeps fighting for its place in society. But what about traditional government? What is its purpose in today’s society and with today’s technology?
And now, I’m off to read Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72.