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by Kayla Moore, Chicago Student
Lately, Facebook has shown us the power behind social media. Social media allows information to travel faster than any other source of media. Even though it is always great to get word out on a cause, is Facebook really helping towards change, or just proving how brainwashed people really are?
It seems that people are easily falling into trends such as Kony 2012 and the Trayvon Martin killing. People rant and rave about trying to make a change and causing awareness, but are too soon to just jump on the next bandwagon and leave the previous one forgotten. Why is this? It is because we are not critical thinkers. We are given a problem and whether or not we care depends on if it’s the interesting thing everyone is Tweeting or Facebooking about, without research or producing actual options on a subject. Without Facebook or Twitter would these people really care? On one end, at least people are becoming more aware and engaged but is this truly effective? No!
Also another question to ask is why are we focusing on these things? There are so many more important things that actually affect our everyday lives and economy. Maybe this is the government’s way of distracting us. Keeping us focused on the less important things. Americans need to stop falling for these trends and being gullible to the news we are being feed with. As Americans we need to learn to think for ourselves.
Plenty of classes at RMU involve group work and group projects. Is there any value in this? Are people most productive in groups, or are they better working alone?
An interesting article from The New York Times called “The Rise of the New Groupthink” addresses these questions and more.
Today (February 15) a group of RMU professors will be discussing the article and these issues in the Learning Commons on the Chicago campus at 12:00pm.