‘Net racks up another one

What’s exactly social about social media, anyway?

It’s a medium that has virtually eliminated person-to-person communication amongst friends and family and has relegated neighbors to a 150-character virtual scramble of mostly acronyms and mutter.

Like seriously, OMG, whatever happened to sitting out on the porch and talking, anyway? J/K LOL.

It’s a medium that has taken like wild fire and now dominates our lives for better or worse. Be honest, when was the last time you stuck your nose in an actual book? You know, the kind with a hardcover and actual pages?

We guarantee for the vast majority of you, the book you’ve seen last didn’t have a nose or ears, but it definitely had a ‘face’ to it, if you get our drift. Again, another example of social media’s global takeover, Facebook.

But lost in the madness and chaos of tweeting and Facebook is just how vital this medium has become in enhancing and speeding up political movements in today’s ever-changing world.

There are millions of miles of real estate, seven continents and several billion people on this giant rock we call earth.

Historically, we, as citizens of this giant rock, were at the mercy of manpower and time to hear the stories of plight across the globe.

Today, that’s not the case.

In an instant, anyone with an iPhone, Internet connection or Facebook or Twitter account can chronicle any happening going on in the world.

With a simple click, the entire world can see the struggles, hardships and suffering of others.

From that, we can also make judgments of our own and from there, a previously separate people can unite and take action.

This is the case with the recent events in Libya, where a virtual revolution has exploited the country’s hardships and rallied an entire nation and ultimately caused change in the form of resignation from Muammar Gaddafi, the country’s ruler.

Sure, we might complain that social media is ruining the personal relationships we create within our circle of life.

And while that may be the case for some, we don’t believe that this change is always a bad thing.

It just changes the way things are done a little, that’s all.

Having a larger audience to speak to sometimes isn’t a bad thing, especially when you’re starved for change within your government.

So get with the program, OK? SMH.