‘I began with media, because media began with me’- Ezekiel Azonwu
The quoted above is the first line of a poem titled ‘IDENTITY CRISIS OF A MISFIT’ by Ezekiel Azonwu. Why am I talking about a poem? Because the poem talked about identity and media and this is what this post is about.
The rate at which we socialize and ‘build relationships’ is on the high now because truly and more importantly, people and relationships make up the fabrics of our lives. More like if you are an introvert, you still have no excuse not to be active on social media. (when obviously, your excuse is because you are an introvert). well, this isn’t a post about being an extrovert or not. This is about what matters on the various mediums and how we socialize, what is termed good and what is termed right in our present world. How subconsciously, humans define and are defined by just a view and conclusions drawn like we’re just another specimen for an experiment. Anyways, who cares?
Well, I do.
In no way is building relationships a bad thing. In fact, it is good we do that often and genuinely. That way, the big change we clamor for about changing the world happens over time through various persons. Through you and I.
‘saying hello doesn’t have an ROI. It’s about building relationships.’- Gary Vaynerchuk
For majority of my friends that are close to me, some call me NEPA (if you are based in Nigeria, you’d know the true meaning of NEPA). And truth is I don’t act NEPA consciously, sometimes, I feel it’s a weight I don’t want to carry but darn! For every moment I’m online, I enjoy it. And when I’m offline, I enjoy it too.
‘Engage, enlighten, encourage and especially…just be yourself! Social media is a community effort; everyone is an asset.’- Susan Cooper
Social media now seems like a world of its own which to be honest, is a world. Existing in it are crazy, amazingly unique, outlandish, almost normal, weird, extraordinary, disparate, quirky bunch of individuals with undoubtedly unique idiosyncrasies we call standards (millennial Chum, that’s what we are) Millennial! And from the desk of Gary Vee, social media is not a fad because it is human.
For some reasons, (best known to each of us). We deem certain things to be right and others to be wrong and who defines that? We! It gets to a point where it feels more like ‘hey! Look here, this is the generally acceptable standard’ but what happened to ‘hey! It’s a social world and I know we are not the same so feel free to be you’. Social media shouldn’t be a social contract (although, there are terms and agreements) it shouldn’t define who you are.
‘Don’t use social media to impress people; use it to impact people’- DaveWillis
Moreover, the fact that we live in an age of information cannot be over emphasized and we continually need to be updated which leads us to more of talking, engaging, sharing, connecting and using the information we have to make an impact in our society.
So, what’s your view about media dear? Feel free to connect! 🙂