I highly recommend watching and carefully listening to motivational speaker Simon Sinek’s video on Millennials in the workplace. Were you born after 1983? Congratulations, you’re a millennial. In his interview he talks about current social media and flawed parenting in summarizing the newer generation’s problems. Millennials have been deemed “tough to manage” and “entitled, self-interested, unfocused and lazy” as we are claimed to go into the workforce wanting to make an “impact” in 7 months, something that rarely happens, and if no impact is made in those 7 months… then we quit.
A common trope with millennials is that we are told we can have anything we want, told we are special, and receive a medal or trophy for coming in last place. Sinek elaborates on the importance of this as when you enter the ‘real world’ your ego and self-esteem gets smashed, something our generation is not used to from childhood.
The connection between technology and alcoholism is made, relating to dopamine as social media releases the same dopamine alcohol or gambling releases, making it have potential to become very dangerous.
Sinek talks about how millennials go to dinner with their friends and all have their phones on the table top or are texting someone who is not there, which is a problem, and let’s be honest… for the majority of the people in our generation, sadly this is true!
“The best case scenario is you’ll have an entire population growing up and going through life and just never really finding joy. They’ll never really find deep fulfilment in work or life” – Simon Sinek
Relating to a previous blog post, I would like to elaborate on the power of sharing posts online. After scrolling through my Facebook feed, it is outstanding to see the amount of views and likes some videos, even memes receive (some in the millions). Each like or view is a separate individual person on a separate account and separate device who has laid eyes on the post… Crazy. The power of the share button has not only spread media attention to the masses, but also saved lives. GoFundMe is a popular website to fundraise money online for personal causes. After browsing through the website, there are countless trending stories of people struggling with illnesses, funeral expenses, and building a school in Thailand upon many other things. I find it so amazing that these people are able to share their story or struggle with the public in hope of finding aid, and quite often on these stories the financial goal has been reached if not surpassed. This itself shows the power of the ‘share’ or ‘like’ button and power of online participation.
Chapter seven discusses the power of Facebook, the role of surveillance and the implications for privacy. As a vast majority of us have Facebook accounts upon other social media applications, this chapter further allows for us to realize the power of the internet. I would like to direct attention to the ‘Self-Regulation’ section on page 165. This section explains how Facebook, for the most part is able to regulate itself in what it does with user’s data, which they essentially use solely to maximize their profits. Fuchs elaborates how the US data protection laws only cover the government databanks thus leaving commercial surveillance untouched. At the end of this section Joseph Turrow explains how the privacy policies of commercial internet companies are “often complex, written in turgid legalese, but formulated in a polite way” assuring us that they care about our privacy however spread out over a lengthy policy discretely explain how your personal data will be given to “affiliates”. As Users, the majority of us turn a blind eye to these terms and press accept, unleashing our personal data for free to these websites such as Facebook for them to use for personal profits. Next time Facebook asks you to accept terms and conditions, give it a thorough read through and it is actually very interesting.
If you have time (roughly an hour), I would strongly recommend watching “Generation Like” (link below). It is a documentary that was shared in one of my Digital Communications classes and teaches us about how we are what we “like”. It shares a view with us about the rise of social media coming directly from the consumers, and their must-have need to find entrepreneurialism and innovation in the online social media world. It shares ideas of self-branding and how social media platforms are an economical masterpiece for doing such. The amount of subscribers one has, is attached to them as if it is their last name.