Voice Post — Social Media Blogs

The first blog was written here, by nineteen year old Andrew Watts. Andrew is a Freshman at the University of Texas at Austin, and his personality shines through his writing. His writing style is funny, sarcastic, and self-aware.

He is, after all, still a teenager.

From the get-go, he subtitles his blog post “Written by an actual teen”, which serves to give most readers a laugh. Many times in our world, children or teenagers may not seem like the go-to source for information on a subject. With social media, it is the exact opposite: the users who make social media so massive are predominately under 25 years old. Further, this demographic uses social media more often than the older demographic, because we were born into it.

He gets it.

He furthers this humor and the self-awareness sentiment when discussing Instagram. He points out numerous reasons showing why it is such a fantastic application, but he ties a bow on the whole summary when he says “Instagram hasn’t been flooded with the older generation yet.” By using the word flooded here, he hits the nail on the head regarding how young adults feel about adults on social media: it’s weird, and we don’t want to look at it.

Essentially, when your parents and elders start to gravitate towards a certain social media site, it’s time to get out quick (hey, Facebook).

His sarcasm is more sparse than his general self-awareness regarding his position of authority on social media, but it still serves a great purpose in his writing style. By using it sparingly, it gives it more emphasis. One such instance occurred when he noted Instagram was also nice because there was not “…a constant flow of content being shoved down my throat every time I open the application”.

I’m not exactly sure how one would go about stuffing content down another person’s throat, but it’s safe to say it didn’t literally happen to him. And the fact that this is sarcasm and not something that actually happened serves to show the attractiveness of Instagram as an application.

Andrew’s writing style was fresh, and I thoroughly enjoyed his post. However, I believe this next blogger deserves a lot of credit too.

Lisa Clark’s blog post was very different from Andrew’s. She used minimal sarcasm and humor, and instead chose to focus on word choice and hyperbole in order to get her point across.

She is a serious, more mature writer, and it shows, not only because she is dealing with the more important global implications of social media, but through her style.

First, she opens off with a very broad, un-specific claim about social media and our world, saying “social media impacts our daily lives in ways that we could have never imagined five years ago.” While I normally would not enjoy a somewhat boring claim, I think it was a smart decision on her part, as it will draw a lot of potential adult readers in. They want to know what they could have never imagined.

She goes on to list several huge news stories and events and how social media affected them. By drawing in the adult crowd, she is hoping that they will connect more with this stories, and therefore keep reading.

Several of these stories had fantastic word choice, namely the LGBT section. She said the government was “…bombarded with public opinion” after Joe Biden said his views on gay marriage had shifted. When Oreo posted a picture of a rainbow Oreo on Facebook to show their support, “many fans flooded their wall in support.” And to wrap it up, she said there were many “small wins for the LGBT community that were amplified through social media.”

All of the above quotes had fantastic word choice: bombarded, flooded, amplified. These are action words that represent a strong force. She is showing these adults the true power of social media through descriptive and emphatic word choice, something the under 25 demographic knows a ton about already.

She also occasionally depended on hyperbole in her writing, the main instance being when she said that social media “has brought the events to life.” Obviously the events were never alive, but social media can spur a ton of public support on any number of issues. When you have billions of people on one social network, you will get a LOT of opinions and discussions on these issues. Her use of hyperbole is, again, serving to promote the true power of social media in the modern world.

Ignoring Andrew’s or Lisa’s personality and the specific subjects they chose to focus on, both blogs were fantastic, and I enjoyed reading both thoroughly.