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Social Media and the death of humanity as we once knew it.

SMZ Social Media Zombies

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It would seem somewhat hypocritical of me to blog about this subject as I do really enjoy social media and the wealth of knowledge that is more and more available at our fingertips. However I’ve become more and more aware of the lack of social awareness of the growing pandemic of life between the real world and cyber world. Recently I was out for a few drinks in a quite bar so we could catch up and hear each others news and talk about some stuff you wouldn’t post on your social media accounts. However not long into meeting up I decided to leave as two of our group of four where constantly on their phones. They then took offence to me doing so, was I wrong is this the new way of communicating?

This problem seems to be everywhere before I blogged about the film industry been broken and one of the contributing factors to this may lie in my past half a dozen trips to the cinema. I love film and I love watching great actors and great directors. I went to see the amazing film Interstellar by the equally amazing Christopher Nolan and the whole experienced was ruined by the amount of people on there smart phones during the actual film. Okay I agree checking in on facebook and promoting the fact your supporting film and haven people ask you what you thought of a film. This scenario is reflected in bars restaurants. I’m not against social media or smart phones (says he blogging away) But there is time and place for everything and I feel I am loosing good friends as they slowly morph into social media zombies.

SMZ’s the new era of humanity: Been a fan of Pixar movies this new socialite reminds me of the over weight lazy humans as seen in the wonderful film Wall-E. Yes I I know its a film but do yourself a favour next time your out see how many people are sitting on a bus or in a cafe with their zombie eyes gazing into the latest smartphone oblivious to the world around them. My fear here is these people will miss out on the real world as they will find the real world less exciting and they fail to be able to communicate with real people and this has happened. I’ve already lost number a friends and once loving girlfriend to this phenomenon they would get a smart phone and be so excited then they would be using it to communicate none stop with the world through viber, whatsapp or whatever messenger device or app available to them gradually they begin to text less meet up less and suddenly the humanity in them dies out and they are left to live as a social media zombie.

Hopefully one day the world will wake up and learn to embrace social media and real life and find a balance to allow both to work hand in hand.

U2 & iTunes music industry change. 

So this is old news but I believe the concept is going to be ongoing. September 2014 U2 realised their studio album “songs of innocence” free to all iTunes users. Which stirred off a internet frenzy of controversial opinions on the matter of music industries and the artists been too egotistic. 

On the Graham Norton show late last year the band themselfs said they achieved in 2 weeks what the Joshua Tree album took 20 years. So was this a bad thing? We live in the age of piracy from music to film the Internet has it for free. If you obtain such material without paying for it that’s your own ethical decision. With information and material so ready available and everyone having an opinion has the mold been broken, is the very ethos of art changed that the artist must adapt also. 

Take music for instance, I’m a drummer and a guitarist all be it not a good one, but I personally believe in buying my music off iTunes. It seems like everywhere I look more and more live venues are getting booked up 12 to 14 months in advanced as the music artists seems to tour more and more to and up losses. Whilst I agree with some of my friends that a musicians craft should be live I feel going forward that further studio albums will suffer as the artist will either be exhausted or have a lack of faith. 

So where is the compromise? I feel such streaming sites like spotify will do for music what Netflix has done for TV. The artist would get paid and not force them to be touring nonstop thus for ensuring studio albums do not suffer. Radiohead and other artist have already gone down this route and I believe will be remembered as pioneers of the new music industry ensuring artist rights and creativity. 

Feel free to tweet your thoughts to me I’d be very interested to here people’s thoughts.

@byron_ross 

2015 New year new challenge 

Hello Bloggers, trying something new this year blogging about those random thoughts in my head discussing items of interest and reading about other people. 

Quick introduction to me, I’m a Paramedic in Ireland. I’m the drummer for @deltawalkers and play and write some very bad songs on guitar. I really enjoy Formula 1 racing and watching rugby. I enjoy good tv and film as the whole ethos of streaming and illegal downloading has forced film makers and distributors to be more creative. 

I’m an animal lover especial my wonderful dog Shadow who is 4 years old at the time of this post. You can catch me here or on Twitter @byron_ross Facebook also but I’m trying to stay away from. Social media no matter how wonderful and entertaining it is will spawn the birth of AI Zombies. Please feel free to connect and tweet away.