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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Social Media (12/01/11)

TITLE: Open Windows
By Ramona Cook



What’s all the hype about social media? I am not into it for a series of reasons.

I fully realize that social media is the “thing” of the era. Everyone is doing it; even the e-mail providers seem to be all but demanding that there is participation in chatting and socializing. Please! I just want my e-mail, plain and simple.

But no, there it is, the invitation to change your page, personalized it to spell YOU. Invite friends and talk to the world, literally. Yes, talk to people and call them “friends” even though you do not know them and have not a clue if they have your best interest at heart. I must wonder, “What motivates the social media?”

I have a strong suspicion that it is all about marketing and money. I am not against either marketing or making money, but would they please just upfront let me know what you are doing rather than manipulating me and my world without my permission. This I consider to be the gross faultiness of the marketing sales processes.

I do see a great opportunity that social media can bring to the sharing of the Gospel of Jesus, and does at this point. But be assured that “social media moderators and control seekers” will taut the offenses of certain parts of the Gospel as “offensive.” Now that is offensive to me! Yet, IF I desire to be a part of the “group” I must not offend; but they have a right to offend, and that is acceptable? Does it not come down to the question, “How can two walk together unless they be agreed?”

I can see the goodness of meeting and enjoying people you may never otherwise know. However, I must wonder if we do not join the herd and place ourselves in the position to get roped and stalled?

I tried FB. I wrote some opinions and information there. Someone hacked into my e-mail account sending me messages from me, and what did they write on my FB? I have no idea, because when I received a notice from FB that I had posted “offensive” language, I closed it down. I also closed the e-mail account immediately. I have never returned to FB. I have not missed it, but have missed being responsive to some employment and Clergical offers because they wanted to route everyone through FB. “Send it to my FB.” “Respond through FB”

Do the benefits of the social media outweigh the possible and lurking problems? I suppose that is for each one to decide for them self. But for a society that says it cherishes “privacy” you just have to say, “What? You don’t mean that!”

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C D Swanson 12/15/11
Good job- I am sorry if you had to go through that FB horror. I personally do not have an account - and have been asked by so many of my friends to join. I politely decline and opt to go "face to face" with them instead.

I enjoyed this entry. Thanks
God Bless~
Lawrence Hebb12/15/11
This is a thought provoking article about just how secure our means of communication really is. You also talk about the issue of not being involved in the Social Media and the possible costs of non-involvment. I felt the article was balanced and brought out some good points.

There were a couple of grammatical points that might mave been polished a little by reading the article out loud, but otherwise a really good article
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/16/11
I enjoyed this mini sermon. My son is struggling with some of the issues you touched on so it hit a chord with me. You definitely covered the topic.
Hiram Claudio12/19/11
A very nice piece of writing and a very consistent and well presented viewpoint. I understand what you mean about it being the way people communicate and they even look at you strange when you don't have an account for this or that. It's true that each one has to make their own determination but, as you point out, should do so being fully aware of both the benefits and possible challenges.

Very well done!