Once upon a time, when curiosity killed the cat, we were warned to mind our own business. The proverb arose in the Victorian era. A time of great upheaval, with extraordinary intellectual progress. An age of leaps and bounds in technology, literature, science, culture and economics. Human life changed in huge complex disturbing chunks, and its coping mechanism was a strict social code. The Victorian era ended with the outbreak of WWI, although its tentacles can still be found in extreme grossly inhibiting conservatism.
We are experiencing another paradigm shift. Another huge, complex, disturbing, chunk of change. This generation – meaning those who are alive on the planet in this era (and not the use of ‘generation’ to mean a range of age) – has embraced the Social Media phenomena. The old normative communications have gone forever, and, as a society, we are in transition. There is a shift in the balance of control. This blog is the evidence that the new freedom of communication means, with very few tools, anyone can have a public platform.
Social Media platforms have encouraged us to mind everyone else’s business. The phenomenon of a global online society has empowered our sense of entitlement to expression of our own opinion about whatever everyone else is doing. Or not doing.
With a play on words, this blog title reminds us to also be mindful of everyone. Everyone is their brother’s keeper. Humanity has always craved connection, and even more so now in our current transition into relationship via digital connection. We live in not-quite-connectedness. As we navigate our new realities we must remain mindful of each other. Everyone needs to feel seen, heard and known to be assured they are loved. And if we have not love, we have nothing but the sound of a clanging cymbal.
Essentially, this blog was created for a unit of study in the Media and Communications degree at Swinburne University 2020 (originally 2019, but I deferred), where we are turning the microscope on ‘social media’. We study it in order to understand, we explore technologies and ‘platforms’ associated with it to examine the ways these platforms are used, and we attempt to forecast their impact and implications for our social, political, cultural and economic lives.
Basically the followers of this blog are fellow students, but as this is a public platform, feel free to join the journey. Connect in. Add your thoughts, share the blog posts. Enter the conversation. Be part of how this blog may evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another.