Tuesday, April 17, 2012

You (don't) need to get off facebook, or do/don't you?

I was watching the BBC the other day and they showed a very brief clip of a young guy flipping poster board messages Bob Dylan or Micheal Hutchens style with a six minute message about facebook.  I was intrigued even though I only saw about 4 seconds of it.  I couldn't stop thinking about it and finally googled as many variations of: facebook video guy placcards anti-facebook cute guy on street.  I don't remember how I finally found it, but I did.  I got myself a nice hot bowl of blueberry oatmeal with yogurt and sat down to watch.  It is called, "You need to get off Facebook".

Here it is:

I really liked what the message here.  I also really liked him.  Thought provoking stuff, to a point.  I nodded, yes yes! during the video.  Then I saw a video response, also 6 minutes.

And it is called, "You DON'T need to get off facebook" which has an entirely different take on it.

Here it is:

I really liked what the message here.  I also really liked him.  More thoughtful than thought provoking.  I nodded, yes yes! during the video.

I enjoyed watching both videos and surprisingly agreed with both of them 100%.  Even though they were in complete contradiction with each other, they both fit soundly into the Hell yes box.

Two men standing outside, flipping pieces of paper with cool music in the background expressing their points of view on facebook.  Sounds stupid, I know.  But trust me, these videos are creative and worth your time. They are clever societal statements, expressing cynicism and celebration of how we humans connect in these modern times.  A job well done and fun to watch (anyway, they are both real easy on the eyes).

I would love to hear your comments on what you think, how you felt or generally if you agreed/disagreed or both!  Thanks. 


Valerie80 said...

I'm with you in that I understand both of these POV's. Life with FB in it very is weird. I constantly ask myself if social media helps me to connect or if it just distracts me. I think it's both. Knowing how to prioritize and shut the (virtual) noise off is a skill. Thanks for the post :)

Zuzana said...

First saw the one you DON'T need to get off facebook so was harder for me to connect with the other one. I think it all gets to the point of what are you expecting from the facebook experience . If that is all what there is to your social life, than it is sad (but I do not think that people like that exist). I am so super super happy to at least get a glimpse of the people I am missing and this would be impossible 20 years ago when there was no internet...

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sol chica said...

Thanks for this. I related more to the first one even though the guy was not as warm and fuzzy. Personal responsibility is key. After answering comments to my last article, I am clear that folks often use the shelter of the computer screen to become their worst self.