Words To The Social Media Generation: Keep Doing What You're Doing

Words To The Social Media Generation: Keep Doing What You're Doing

Sorry, but we won't stop advancing.

The older generations try to shame us into thinking that using our phones and connecting with others through means of social media is wrong. You should never tweet out what you are thinking, never ever post a selfie on Instagram, quit making live videos of your adventures, and definitely stop snapchatting your friends. My response to that is no. With all due respect to the elder generations, why are we not allowed to use what technology is relevant? Why are we being shamed for being a part of our generation? This is all quite unfair.

Each generation had its own type of technology, and maybe I am just unaware of the tech-shaming they received, but why can’t we revel in our newest findings? We have the ability, now more than ever, to make and keep connections with people, all over the world. How cool is that? Did you ever think that maybe we could be the next peacemakers? Making all these connections and keeping them strong makes us more versed in world culture than most of the generations before us. We have the abilities to research anything we want. While some things may not be the truth, we have the ability to search out and find what we need. And yes, we still do go to the library; it isn’t some empty room in our school withholding all the books. It allows us to network with other professionals and make better connections. I legitimately found out about this internship with Odyssey through a Facebook page the application was shared on. I otherwise would not have had such an amazing opportunity given to me, being from a very small town.

Over the years, each generation seemed to have their own thing. From short haircuts and risky dancing to literally leaving home to do drugs and live a free life, but why is this any different? Isn’t it much safer than some of the iconic symbols that came from some generations?

I think we should take full control of what we have available to us. We are a whole new generation that is able to develop brand new ways to use technology. From things as simple as keeping connected with friends and family to things larger than us, like medical advances, why should we stop evolving? I do not see a reason to tell us we are wrong for being in love with social media. For me, I’ve gained confidence in myself, the ability to form posts and emails in a professional manner, and have created amazing connections I otherwise never would have had the chance to make.

So what if I want a few likes on my selfie to make me feel a little better about myself? I don't see why a little confidence boost is such a bad thing. So what if tweeting sad song lyrics helps my bad day out a little bit? I don't see why there's anything wrong with a little release. So what I like to live video the adventures of my hike? I want to include my friends in on my fun, and there is nothing wrong with that. And as for my 200 day streak, I don't see what is wrong with staying connected to one of my best friends I never get to see. We got pretty lucky to be able to keep in contact with so many people, and meet so many people because of social media. I never would've gotten to be really close with my best friend because our friendship started over talking on Snapchat. I know I am not alone on any of these things. I know there are thousands, if not millions, of other people around my age that feel the same way.

So, keep taking selfies, documenting your trips, and discovering new ways to connect with people from all over. We are the generation of technology and we have the chance to evolve it. Take your social media and run with it, create iconic things. Use technology in the best ways possible and keep advancing forward. Don’t take no for an answer. Let’s make this our positive mark on the world.
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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.

We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.

2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^

8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.

14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.


17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.

18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”

23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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Why tanacon was a Failure

As Philip DeFranco cautioned in his video a day before the event, "there is the possibility that it becomes a complete sh*t show."


Over the past several months, there have been several scandals on YouTube, from Logan Paul and Ricegum offending cultures on their trips to Japan and China, respectively, to, most recently, Tanacon.

Originally the idea of YouTuber Tana Mongeau, who has racked up about 3.6 million subscribers and is known for her story-time formatted videos, Tanacon was a reaction to the long-running Vidcon. While Vidcon has its own independent issues from over the years, Mongeau released a video in the beginning of April titled "Why I Won't Be Attending Vidcon 2018: A Rant." The hour-long rant of Mongeau's personal problems with Vidcon concludes with her proposing - though I doubt, at the time, that she meant it seriously - that she would hold her own convention that would be run with the fans of YouTube creators in mind. Mongeau said that she wanted her convention to be better and freer than Vidcon.

Naturally, Mongeau's large following latched onto the idea, and other well-known creators came to her support, which, in turn, birthed Tanacon. Scheduled to run concurrently with and in close proximity to Vidcon in Anaheim, California, Tanacon held a line-up of many well-known creators from Shane Dawson and Casey Neistat, to Bella Thorne and Ricky Dillon. When paired together with promised free tickets (though attendees could purchase VIP for $65 in exchange for extra perks including a gift bag and skipping lines), it seemed that Tanacon had the promise of success. Though, as Philip DeFranco cautioned in his video a day before the event, "there is the possibility that it becomes a complete sh*t show."

The next day saw 5-thousand people standing in a hot parking lot outside of the convention at the Marriott without water or food. Footage from the event shows teenage girls revealing severe sunburns, chanting for refunds, and utter chaos both in and outside the convention, stemming from general dissatisfaction with the organization of the event. Ultimately, the event was shut down as a fire safety hazard, and the following days of Tanacon were shut down.

But where did Tanacon go so wrong when so many people supported it and hoped that it would succeed? In a revealing 3-part docu-series, Shane Dawson interviewed girls who attended the event, the CEO of Good Times, and Mongeau. On the whole, I admire Dawson's series, beginning with a video titled "The Truth About Tanacon," and I applaud Dawson and his team for talking to several different parties to try and find what really happened at Tanacon, and who is to blame for the failure.

Throughout the series, behind the finger-pointing between CEO of Good Times Michael Weist and Mongeau, it is clear that there is not any one party at fault for the failure. Instead, I think the failure comes from two young people - Weist and Mongeau are only 21 and 20 years old, respectfully - who had good intentions but were blinded by their own agendas. I do remain slightly critical of trusting Dawson's word alone, as he clearly wants to help Mongeau, as a personal friend, and Weist appears only through a screen in the series, and fear that there is even a slight bias towards Mongeau.

However, Dawson makes a good point by claiming that Tanacon came out of revenge against Vidcon, and she was irresponsible for insisting that the event happens at the same time as Vidcon, instead of taking time into account. On the other hand, however, I do feel that more responsibility falls to Weist. For example, Weist claims, in Dawson's series, that he was told that the venue would be able to hold 5,000 attendees, though the maximum capacity on the website is listed as a little over one-thousand, and he signed a contract for the same amount. On the same account, Weist insists that he thought there would be 91 security guards to cover the event, though a record shows that only as many as 25 security guards were on duty at the same time.

Therefore, I can only conclude that Tanacon was the perfect storm of inexperience and poor planning. Neither Weist nor Mongeau were prepared to host an event to such caliber, and all parties involved are lucky that no one who attended was severely hurt.

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