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Social Media – Can and Should It Be Taught to Students?

Social Media

In a technological world, social media is one of the most important aspects one should know in order to survive. Social media is everywhere you look, whether it is on your phone, or computer, or in your schools main buildings, it is connected to you wherever you are. Now imagine if students can be taught the ins and outs of social media, to the point where they can become a media maven. People will look at this and say, “ Social media cannot be taught. It is just something everyone comes by naturally.” I beg to differ. I believe with the amounts of information we have on social media now, it is a topic that can be taught and should be taught to students in Canada and all over the world.

Social Media as a Global Language

Social media is quickly becoming a language known to all. I know that sounds funny but when you really step back and look at it, social media is one common “language” spoken in many different countries. Social media is also expected to surge worldwide in the upcoming years, which will increase its commonality between countries. Along with it being common among countries, it is also common among youth as 98% percent of adult’s age’s 18-24 worldwide use social media. This means when you look around in your next lecture or seminar, almost everyone uses social media. If your professor showed you a live podcast of a classroom in Spain, 98% of that class uses social media. Now think about if the school you’re attending were to offer a course that teaches you how to professionally use and utilize social media, a language used by 98% of your age group (if you fall between 18-24) and in 30+ countries. Just looking at the percent of people who use social media and in how many countries it is used, it is clearly more influential to learn about social media then to learn Spanish. This is why I believe the teaching of social media can be a movement started and advanced by the younger generations in already developed academic institutions.

Social Media in the Business World

In todays society we so heavily define social media as something kids and young adults are using, which is so very true. What people avoid to look at or really research upon is the fact that social media is becoming much more apparent in the business world, with corporations all around the world using social media to their advantage. As a business student in university I try and do my best to keep up with social media medians. What I find personally disappointing is the lack of information business students or students in general get communicated to them on a daily basis about social media. No matter what career a student is pursuing you can bet social media is a huge aspect of that industry. Every university student knows these days that the workplace is so competitive. What if while attending university, students could learn to make themselves more marketable as a professional through social media or gain insightful knowledge about social media that can be used as a talking point in an interview or as a primary skill on a job application. These are all valuable elements that can be achieved through studying social media that makes individuals more attractive in the business world and can ultimately lead them to great success.

Social Media for Small Businesses

The Final Pitch

There are many different components to social media, some complex and some simplistic. These components, some of which are mentioned above are not usually utilized together and are often overlooked by everyday social media users. This leads me to my final pitch about social media and why it should be taught to students. First things first, statistics are the major element backing up the uprising of social media and its importance in the world. These numbers are not tampered with and they show the real value in social media. Lets look one step deeper and come up with a real social media example. Think of a profession like photography that can be heavily utilized by social media. Now lets say an academic institution taught this striving photographer how to use social media to market their abilities. Start off with a public Facebook page of the student’s photos, which provide further links to their Instagram and Twitter accounts, where more photos and comments are displayed. Through any one of these social medians, a Linkedin profile is attached with a direct way to communicate and connect with the student. In a brief moment with the help of a few social media outlets the student’s achievements, education and professionalism have just been marketed to a potential employer; the beauty of social networking. This truly demonstrates that if a few short paragraphs can show the importance of social media in todays society and some examples of how it can be used, there is no telling what a dedicated teacher and course could bring to so many bright and tech savvy students. The boundaries are limitless and the information regarding social media is infinite.

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Technology, Is It Making the Millennial Generation More or Less Intelligent?

As a millennial I have grown up in a technological age, an age that has been both praised and criticized. I have taken both the praise and criticism personally as I have grown up. I have decided to let my opinion be heard on how I think technology has impacted me as an adult, student and employee. I believe that technology is a helping hand in making us more intelligent than people think.

Growing up as a Millennial

I was lucky enough to be born and raised as technology was becoming more and more apparent in peoples everyday lives. My grandparents and parents on the other hand were not so lucky. My grandparents are from the so-called “Silent Generation” and my parents from the “Baby Boomers” generation. I have witnessed first hand what it is like for both generations when it comes to technology, the silent generation is lost and impatient, while the baby boomers are as knowledgeable as they choose to be. For me and all other millennial folk technology is a second nature. Now what does this say about our intelligence? It does not say much about our intelligence but it does show that us as a younger generation are much more comfortable with technology then our parents and grandparents.

Criticisms of the Millennial Student and Employee

I mentioned above the criticisms that went along with growing up in this younger generation. Executives in hiring positions and teachers from all over refer to the millennial as a lazy worker and lazy student, along with being selfish. I want to first go out and say this is a terrible generalization of the younger generation. I have heard this generalization first hand and have even heard the silent generation call the younger generation disrespectful. I think in extreme cases this generalization can be used, but the millennial generation is not an extreme case, and my close friends and I are testaments to this. Growing up in this younger technological generation and the generalizations that go along with it has made me work harder as a student, an employee and as an everyday adult.

How Technology Has Made the Millennial Generation More Intelligent

There are multiple reasons why I believe technology is making us more intelligent than what other generations perceive us to be. Some of the smaller reasons why technology is making us smarter are as follows:

  • Technology has helped us change the way educators teach millennial students
  • Technology has given us the ability to create massive networks
  • Technology has helped us to become more creative and has given us multiple avenues to express ourselves and communicate with others

These smaller components have done wonders for the millennial generation, but the component that stands out to me as having the biggest impact on increasing our intelligence is the amount of information we receive and obtain on a daily basis. I don’t think our bosses, our teachers or even our parents know how much information we comprehend everyday. There is a reason why our generation is referred to as the digital natives. Technology has made us more productive in school and out in the workforce, and has helped to create quality employees no matter who perceives us not to be. The millennial mind is quite complex and if the other generations took the time to understand our generation, it could be a benefit to all. Technology allows the millennial generation to continually advance our intelligence. Here is an article that really shows what we are capable of and how employers can benefit from hiring millennial students.

Living Proof

There is living proof that technology has made the millennial generation more intelligent. Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Facebook was the first millennial CEO and opened the doors for many to follow. He was brought up in the millennial age, which allowed him to use technology to create one of the most influential companies this world will ever see. As a millennial on the outside looking in it was shocking to see that Mark Zuckerberg was the first millennial CEO, but after doing more research it was clear that there were others to follow. I believe that as the technological boom advances there will be more and more millennial students and employees that step in and fill the void that the baby boomers will leave behind. I think it is safe to say that if the millennial generation is not yet proven in our society it will be in the years to come.

Mark Zuckerberg

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Piracy – Free Entertainment at Your Fingertips

 

Piracy…one of the most talked about activities on the Internet for the last 5-10 years. What is piracy? What has it done to the Internet and our society? Should it become legal? How has it been controlled? Is there a benefit to piracy? I will be taking you on a little “piracy journey” if you will, to help communicate to you what piracy really has become.

What Is Piracy?

Piracy or in more technical terms copyright infringement is ultimately an illegal activity that is committed when an individual downloads a creators work for free without the rights to do so. Some of the major works that piracy targets are the following:

  • Movies
  • TV Shows
  • Books
  • Music 

Piracy can be found everywhere and anywhere on the Internet. Search for a song, a free download link is bound to pop up on the first page of Google. Want to watch a TV Show you missed the night before…no problem, you can either choose to download the episode from a site like this or stream the episode from any type of sharing sites out there. Oh and did I mention this is all available at your fingertips, free of charge, and you don’t even have to move a muscle…well maybe a few, if those little fingers on your hands count. It is that easy and that illegal, all at the same time!

What Has Piracy Done to the Internet and Our Society?

Ever since the Internet has been advancing, piracy has been equally advanced. Increased users on the Internet along with technological progressions we see in our everyday lives has aided in the growth of piracy. Both the music and movie industries have taken a huge hit, with album sales at an all time low and movie distribution stores like Blockbuster filing for bankruptcy. Both these industries have had to shift their business models and strategize around piracy, which if you ask me, is totally wrong. The music industry heavily relies on concerts and tours for income, as they know CD sales are nothing compared to a few decades ago. The movie industry pushes for box office success rather then advertise when a DVD is going to hit the shelves. This has all been brought on because of piracy. Piracy has given everyday Internet users the opportunity to take away from the creators that have had such a significant role in today’s society, and without their work and art, our views and attitudes could be terribly different.

Should Piracy Become Legal? How Has It Been Controlled?

Organizations have done a good job to utilize the Internet in their favour for the fight against piracy. Netflix is a company that does this well. They offer a cheap service to anyone and in return they gain an endless amount of entertainment. iTunes offers the same type service for multiple industries that have been affected by piracy. iTunes offers music, movies, books and TV episodes at affordable prices all at your fingertips. But even with these companies succeeding, piracy is still very much apparent on the Internet, which leads us to the inevitable question. Should piracy become legal? This has been an ongoing debate and will continue to grow, but what does the government have to lose in legalizing piracy? The affected industries have already found coping strategies to make sure piracy does not affect them as much, and organizations like Netflix, iTunes and Amazon are thriving off the increased amount of users on the Internet. Is there really much else that can be done in regards to piracy? Only time will tell, but I myself am not against piracy becoming legal if nothing else can be done to control it.

Can Piracy Be Beneficial?

Most of the time, there is a good side to every bad thing. Piracy is no different. Right away people look at piracy as being illegal and ethically wrong, and this I do not disagree with. But what if you look past its illegality and see the good in piracy. Piracy has gone on to enhance the most powerful marketing strategy we know right now, word of mouth marketing. Piracy can also be used as an advertising technique to help get the creators work in more peoples ears, or on more peoples screens then ever before. These are just some of the benefits piracy has on today’s society, and if the government found ways to utilize piracy for their own benefit as well as others, it could be the ultimate solution to Internet piracy.

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