Saturday, September 12, 2009

Why on youtube is his facebook still up and linkedin her twitter all in myspace on you digg?

Cautiously, I think social networking websites are slowly taking over our human face to face, or maybe that is faith to faith, lives and I am sure I am not the only individual in our greater society that sees this. I noticed at Redeemer, a very small yet smart post secondary university, with academics on par with Mcmaster, Toronto and York for example, people have bubbled themselves within the bubble itself. Nobody takes a personal initiative to socialize collectively unless some autonomous decision is made by the school, a subgroup within the campus or a subgroup without, the shirking of which has made a weaker student body, dare I say proving those coming up are soon going to suffer because of this lack of responsibility on the part of us more senior level students.

Per example of all this, as we signed up or reeed up for ReDee, and throughout the freshmen F.R.O.G. or L.A.U.N.C.H. or whatever they call their rookie orientation week now, the more and more I saw its participants using their cell phones to tweet, facebook, myspace or digg around with others far away inside the cyberspace, instead of right there with others in front of them outside with reallife. One instance had a greenhorn Redeemer gal, with parents beside her, punching in frantically what at that second was going on about her for registration, check in and move in day, while both her father and mother looked over her shoulder to join in and read her thoughts, ideas and overall excitement, is this what is left of the allround sharing and caring family time? Another newcoming bud was already getting palled up, giving people out his network address and trading back with theirs, which ironically here used to be done easily with the bodybook, a paper book that easily held the photos and facts of all students and faculty, if ever one needed to know who anyone was, but just where did that great invention go, shame!

Understandably, online social networking is a part of our society's technological, industrial and scientific progress, modernity and supposedly positive forward push into the idealized future, thus we can not just buck today's bricks of goals that make up tomorrow's wall of morals, ethics and values for its own sake. But rather if we actually want the ancient morals, ethics and values of yesterday, in any way, shape or form, to be like and as they were then, we need to go back to our past, look at the origins without technology as they were, see what their meaning, purpose and nature actually were and are even now with modernity next to it. The prospective time in our succeeding place to be will allow us to see the wisdom of such thought, with the reason of faith or faith within reason abounding our every step forward, as we remember and never forget all those we took behind us to get here.