Newest News Source: Facebook


I get on Facebook to see what has gone on in the last few hours. I see pictures of people home for fall break, articles from Buzzfeed, articles to read and Upworthy videos to watch.

Through the articles that people a part of Generation We post, social networks have become something closer to the newspapers we grew up watching our parents read every morning. We learn from a variety of sources and witness incredible comment chains on posts that are controversial. People do not mind having to deal with a public difference of opinion, instead, we welcome it and view it as an opportunity for learning. We click on the Upworthy videos and learn about human rights issues, global warming, animal migration patterns, and heartwarming stories of what is happening around the world. Because of these videos, we are able to develop opinions on difficult topics over short bursts of time. For example, someone a part of Generation We might only spend 2 minutes watching a video on new gay marriage laws but if they do that once a week an opinion will be developed from a wide variety of sources. Through our social media we become well rounded in our viewpoints of the current day. We feel more educated than our parents because we’re open to all of these different points of view and develop our own ideas.

I believe these unique opinions each person develops will create an interesting atmosphere as Generation We comes into the working and political worlds. We know that high expectations are expected of us, have accepted that challenge, and will do the absolute best we can to exceed expectations set by those before and after us.

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7 thoughts on “Newest News Source: Facebook”

  1. Hi Kate, I think your blog brings up a debate we had in my MIDE 300 class. We read a book called “Where Do Good Ideas Come From?” which, for one, talked about innovation coming from liquid networks and inspiration. The debate we had was whether increasing reliance on and use of technology has diminished or increased the amount of liquidity and convergence of ideas. On one hand, our increasing access to information undoubtedly gives us more touchpoints with information, and more possible synapses between these pieces of information. Conversely, our reliance on technology makes us (as you stated) less likely to dig deep into an issue, or news story, thereby limiting the depth of information which we seek and possess.

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  2. Jack you bring up a great debate. I remember having the same one in my MIDE 300 class. I think that it is tough to find the defining line between when we become too reliant on technology and it causes us to have a narrow vision on current events, design, decisions, etc. or when it is a great source for us to stay in the loop and perhaps bring inspiration into our lives. Although I think it is crucial that we find a balance between the two, if I had to pick one I think that if we did not have technology at all it would make it very difficult for our generation to continue to innovate. I think this would become difficult because we may not be as motivated to stay ahead of the curve and wouldn’t know what is already out there. I think collaboration is a very important part of the business world and everyday life and without some relationship with technology this would be difficult to pool resources for effective leadership and innovation.

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  3. The infographic, based on what data, I ask myself, if accurate shows a HUGE divide between employers and Gen We. Why did you include, it by the way? It seems to have nothing to do with the idea of news streams replacing other news sources.

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    1. I actually questioned if I should include it. My decision was made because it visualizes the devision between millennials and other generations so well. Many of us believe we are very intelligent because we’ve been around technology so much and receive our news from so many different sources. However, the perception of our generation is very different from this, as the infographic shows.

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  4. It’s amazing the amount of information we have access to just by logging on Facebook. People share links, post their opinions, give real time updates on their life…and this is all normative to us. Isn’t that a bit strange to think about? All this information people are forcing in our faces without directly knowing they’re doing it?

    You bring up a really good point in that our generation “witness(es) incredible comment chains on posts that are controversial”. Isn’t that crazy that we can see the opinions of hundreds and even thousands of people in real time? But also at the same time, who are these comment chains/opinion directed to? Are they just a frustration release for our generation?

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