New Media in Today’s Generation

In today’s generation social media has become the new form of communication for many young citizens. As many call it today it is the, “voice” of today’s generation. Social media is used for many different purposes today, from entertainment to social issues, it gives a young citizen a chance to voice their opinion. The reading entitled Changing Citizenship in the Digital Age by W. Lance Bennett, presents a great explanation of the idea of young citizens and the world of the digital age. The reading discusses the issue that young citizens are expressing their interest in making valued contributions to our society. The main point it discusses here is that, young citizens are begining to make a change to behind the screen rather than face-to-face. The article said young citizens are going out more for the sole purpose of fundraising to raise awareness about an issue due to that fact that it is required by a high school or college. I’m not sure if I agree with this because I feel that social media has acutally promoted this idea of peaceful protesting. Here are some personal examples that I have seen on instagram from people that I personally know and was granted permission to post. Both pictures are taken from LQBTQ protests and social events to raise awareness to make a change.

Whether or not you agree or disagree with these beliefs, you can still see how social media has actually brought the youth to protests and rallies.

What is a digital citizen? According to the reading a digital citizen is what today’s youth has become known as due to the digital age. According to the reading, today’s youth is focusing less on political and social issues and more on entertainment, this decline was seen when the digital age started to become what it is today. One point that really jumped out of the article for me was when it talked about how in American the youth is deciding to remove themselves from all forms of election related participation until 2004 where it began to increase. I think that this increase comes from the idea of using social media to express political beliefs, because one picture or quote can make a change for someone else. With the recent election it was a fact that less people voted than the past election. I think just like the article stated people and young adults removed themselves entirely from the election due to the fact that they do not like the American system and would rather stay out of it.

Actualized Citizen vs. Dutiful Citizen

An actualized citizen is the emerging youth citizen and a dutiful citizen is the traditional civic citizen. According to the reading an “actualizing citizen diminished a sense of government obligation and voting is less meaningful than other more personally defined acts such as consumerism community volunteering or transitional activism”. On the other hand a dutiful citizen has an obligation to participate in government centered activities and voting is the core democratic act.

Although this article is very relevant to today’s society because new media is what the youth has turned towards for all forms of communication. As the article brought up that males seem to be watching less television and more playing games on Xbox which is still relevant to today’s society since most males in their teens turn to Xbox as their way of communication (via live) . I do feel that this article is a bit dated, I think recent surveys would have slightly different turn outs in America, especially with our political stance in America. I feel that with the recent election, social media has help promote and educate the youth on politics and the problems in society more than ever. I also feel that social media forums like Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter, help the youth express their beliefs and also start social reforms, I think that in America today social media is split pretty even between entainment and social issues, this is something I feel and article had wrong. I personally enjoy for both reason I do enjoy posting and reading entertaining but I also enjoy seeing what someone else has to say about a certain social issue and see what their stance is.

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