For those about to enter the college sphere, they may also be nearing another new realm that is much talked about: voting. This year hosts the presidential election, as did my senior year four years ago. I will never forget it, given that I was born two months too late to vote. Finally, my time has come!!!
In our rapidly developing world, technological changes are stark against two presidential elections four years apart. The first, President Obama managed to drive a hugely successful fundraising campaign online. Now, he is entering into a newer form of technology. “Technology 2.0″ they are calling it (they being me. Try and pass it on. Maybe Urbandictionary.com will pick it up).
Despite Facebook’s botched entrance into public ownership, it is able to simultaneously prove its undeniable and massive (if untapped) power through data mining. As the battle becomes more heated between the newcomer and the one defending his title (makes me reminisce about old-school wrestling) they will wring any advantage they can out of new tools. The focus shifts where the social sphere has made a shift towards in the last 4 years.
I only hope that these newer, more advanced ad campaigns do nothing to undercut the old-fashioned method of informing oneself on the state of the country, the records of the opponents, and the promises they are making to the country. Sure Obama can learn a lot about you, but does that mean he’s fit to lead? And the same goes for Romney. You won’t find me favoring one on this blog, but I’m hoping that if you’re reading this, it’s a question you willing to find the answer to: Who would be the best candidate to lead our nation?
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So what would we do without technology? I don’t think myself, or anyone else growing up in the developed world would have a clue. Father Jeff, the head of the Butler Catholic Community, created an initiative to give up all forms of technology for a 24 hour period (academic work excepted) before break.
It was an arduous struggle, consisting in long periods of free time that before had not existed, and an overwhelming desire to update my facebook status every three minutes (OMG my toast just popped…lol). But I made it through with only a few snafus. At the end of the day, we all met up for dinner #delicious #thoughtprovoking.
Post 24-Hour Revelry
To complete the evening, we watched two videos that got us to think about where technology is going, and what it may be keeping us from experiencing. The point of this was not to prove technology an evil force (Amish boot camp isn’t my thing), but to help us think about how we use it. Left unnoticed, it can wreak some serious damage.