The Bearded Awesome

TV/Media Commentary and Societal Insights. With a Beard.

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5 Ways to Tell You’re Using Social Media Wrong

‘Tis the season for Lent, which means for a little while there might be a surplus of chocolate, soda, and masturbation.  But here in the 21st century, more and more people might be giving up social networking–which, if that’s what you’re giving up in the name of God or The Doctor or whoever, that probably means it qualifies as a big deal.  No doubt you’ve heard the constant debates over how social media is changing our culture for better or worse, though usually people say it’s for the worse.  I’ll take a wild guess and say you, the reader, have a Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, or some other knock-off like that “FriendZone” site the college kids are always talking about.


Oh.

I can’t really argue for the negative effects it has on society–just a quick glance at Twitter will prove that people are really, really stupid.  But there are ways to have these pages to share and connect with people, and even use them quite a lot, without plunging your social life down the toilet and giving in to Skynet.  I’m certainly not saying I’m the absolute perfect social media user myself.  But I don’t feel an overwhelming sense of disillusionment or stress because of it.  I’d like to think I’ve learned enough from my good and bad internet experiences–as well as creepily observing everyone else–to say that I at the very least don’t use it badly (anymore.)

 It was 2006, okay?!

What I’m writing about is based on what a comedian I follow on Tumblr (oh hay social networking) said: “If you think Facebook is annoying, you have annoying friends. If you think Facebook is shallow, you have shallow friends. Whatever you think about Facebook, that is a direct reflection of your friends. OR…you are using Facebook wrong.”  I’d argue this could work as the basis for the internet as a whole–that how you view it is a direct correlation to the environment you’re in and how you use it.  If you think the social networking realm is a shallow, narcissistic, drama-producing life-ruiner machine, read on and see why it probably means you’re doing it wrong.

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The Beard is arbitrary, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t Awesome.

This is the whole first post thing where I explain my intentions with the blog, I guess, right?

Well, this is going to be a bit of an experiment.  For now, there will be three types of things published:

1) Media analyses/reviews (mostly TV, as that’s my forte, but occasionally movies and comics) in article form
2) Life and Society articles, using the pop culture-y mindset I’ve gained from my media analyses to make my little insignificant 20somthing insights entertaining and enlightening (and similar to what you’d find on Cracked)
3) The most experimental (for me) part of it–a comical video series of essays/reviews/retrospectives on forms of media (again, mostly TV, and in a form similar to some producers on ThatGuyWiththeGlasses)

In any case, look forward to an ever-evolving style–if something seems to be hitting more of the right notes, the blog might shift focus.  We’ll see.

The next few articles will be ones that were posted on my Tumblr before it became more of a “reblogging funny pictures” blog.  They fit into the style I want this blog to be (for the most part) and aren’t yet out of date.  After this, I’ll start posting some new stuff, and hopefully by mid-January, episodes of the video series will be ready to launch!

My qualifications?  I’ve written numerous unpublished and undergraduate research on the likes of Power Rangers, Gargoyles, the Superman franchise, and more.  But I imagine “unpublished” is the key word here–so here I am, sort of “self-pubishing” my insights, analyses and sometimes parodies in entertaining and funny ways.  Oh, did I mention I won a contest on IGN once and won a TheCW Prizepack because I wrote about how much Smallville meant to me?  That was really awesome.  Also have something called a “Liberal Arts degree” and it involves this kind of stuff sometimes, but no one really pays much attention to that.

In any case, I hope you enjoy this little ride.  I hope you find something entertaining and enlightening, or you learn to look at oftentimes overlooked forms of media a little differently.

Enjoy!  And savor the beard!