1AB: Changing Social Patterns

AGAIN, HAVE THE POWERPOINT OPEN WHILE GOING THROUGH THE BLOG COMMENTS

JUMP TO PANEL 3—  don’t worry, we will get back to Panel 2 [self-ego diagram] later

Module 1AB Reaction Paper Part 1:

Look over each line in Panel 3 [social change evidence] through Panel 5 [pervasive nature].  Ponder over a couple of critical thinking points on each, such as A) am I a part of this statistic and behavior?  B) how many of my friends and other people I work with are part of this group?

Then fast-forward to 2025—given these behavior patterns, how will our social patterns have changed by then (if at all)?

HOLD ONTO YOUR ANSWER until you answer Part 2 below.

This apparent contradiction of massively increased social networking and increased individual perceived isolation is quickly becoming one of the major unanticipated consequences of digital media today.  While everyone accepts the data, predicting trends are all over the chart, generally clustering around the two nodes of “Tech is Good” and the opposing node of “Digital World of Doom”.  Ironically, both can be accused of reflecting the PERCEPTUAL BUBBLE definition—that of seeing and reinforcing a very particular point of view.

This same data-trend dichotomy can also be seen when you move on to Panel 6-7 [app gen specifics].  All of you fall at the fringe of this group, since you’re essentially digital fossils, but the contingent right behind you—currently just starting High School, are full dues-paying members of the App Generation.

Module 1AB Reaction Paper Part 2:

Do the same critical thinking points on each, such as A) am I a part of this statistic and behavior?  B) how many of my friends and other people I work with are part of this group?  But this time only looking at the “under-20” group.

Then again, fast-forward to 2025—given these behavior patterns, how will our social patterns have changed by then (if at all)?

OK, send me the Reaction Paper, adding the following—which of those stats/numbers did you find the most compelling?  The most shocking?

Keep in mind these social data points and your answers, as we will be referring back to them through the semester.

Last but certainly not least, Panel 2 [self-geo diagram]

This is a visual to help you understand the following concept-heavy post.

If you want to see a very detailed discussion of this topic take a look at Mathews, Gordon  1996.  What Makes Life Worth Living?  How Japanese and Americans Make Sense of Their Worlds.  Berkeley: Univ. Calif Press.  This is also the central theme of post-1964 Americans in Twenge, Jean  2006.  Generation Me.  NY: Free Press.

There are several paired opposing concepts that are central to understanding perception and self-identity.  One is internalized vs. externalized sense of self.  The other is group-collective self orientation vs. individual-self orientation.

Internalized Sense of Self: Your world view, self-identity, perception of what you are, your relationship with others and the world around you, are largely based on a set of parameters that you have developed internally.  From various sources, you have built up your unique sense-identity.  Normative in Japanese society, this is ikigai in Japanese.  There really isn’t a good English translation for the term.  In this framework you have only limited interest in how strangers view and/or judge you.

Externalized Sense of Self: Your world view, self-identity, perception of what you are, your relationship with others and the world around you, are largely based on how others view and react to you—the judgments they make of you.  Their external opinions are central to your self-identity.  The parameters you use for your world view and self-identity are largely the result of a compilation of the opinion of others—of external input.  In this framework you are extremely interested in how strangers view and/or judge you.

Group-Collective Orientation: Your sense of self and world view are largely driven by your group of association, the collective of those that are important to you.  Individual choice will take back seat to what the group wants.

Individual-Self Orientation: Your sense of self and world view are largely driven by your self-perception and identity, not that of the group or collective that is important to you.  Your individual choices are more critical than the wishes of others.

Critical Thinking: Where would you place yourself in this chart?  Kanye West or Kim Kardashian?  Pope Francis?  Why? Where would you put a group that is consumed by the need to follow Facebook trends?  Why?

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