Friday, August 31, 2012

Pros and Cons to Reliance & Reputation

We are a society that relys on technology so much and indeed it fosters major conveniences, creativity and global communications.  At a push of one button, you have access to the world and the world, if you allow it, now has access to you via facebook, twitter, linked in, blogs, websites, videos, etc.    

This can be good or bad depending on your awareness, education and purpose in using these mediums.  Today the youth are indeed plugged in. What young adult does not have an iphone? Even elementary children are arriving with iphones!  Good?  Yes. This can be a wise move considering the times we live it with mad massacres and various natural catastrophes.  I would want my child to be able to make an important call should ever such events occur.  To put blind folds on and think it could 'never' happen with my child is not wise.  

The flip side - Too much reliance is not good.  The child can easily call mom for anything just to get out of school and therefore use it for manipulation purposes.  The child could make other calls that may not be appropriate during class time. 

It is a given many youth post, print, advertise 'whatever' they desire.  The other day as I was walking on the sidewalk, I saw a small group of young teenagers gathered.  While one was posing in a provocative manner showing her belly and a little some, another was recording her.  I thought, "Now, I wonder....what were those girls planning on doing with that video."  School project? Maybe.  In my opinion, when a group of girls are involved in these type of activities such as these, they have a motive and that motive is to share it.   Do they care who sees it?  Maybe yes and maybe no.  It depends and this can be a whole other topic.  In this regard, Technology is the medium in which a person's 'Reputation' can be tarnished. 
The flip side - The person who has used technology to build up or to reveal a good reputation indeed is a good thing.  It can lead to a good network base for employment opportunities or team collaborations, business ventures, business partnerships and accessibility to various resources.  All Good.  
Here is where wisdom calls out and says, 'Be careful of what you do and say and everything that is published on the internet'.  Education becomes a vital part in educating young adults of the power of the internet and understanding that it can indeed 'make' you or 'break' you.  
What are your thoughts?