September 26th, 2011
An Analysis on Facebook And Its Cultural Impact
“Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over every living thing.” ~ God (Genesis1:28). Indeed humans have, we have created our own sense of culture, and defined what it means to be culturally engaged. Andy Crouch has define culture as “What we make of the world.” Our culture includes what we value, what we perceive as important, human’s value cultural engagement and connection. As David Long said, “Culture embodies and cultivates a way of seeing ourselves in relation to others.” Humans crave contact, discussion and endless gossip. Humans are able to pursue this through social interaction. The world-wide web has provided humans with fast and easy access to information, connectivity and so much more. Facebook has become a world-wide phenomena, a “band-wagon” that everyone has chosen to be a part of. I too, use Facebook on a regular basis, I probably check it about three times a day, I don’t spend a whole lot of time on it, but I constantly check in on the status updates. The use of social networking sites has been constantly debated, as we each dive deeper into the facts to create our own opinion. Unfortunately, along with many others, I too and dependent on Facebook in order to keep up with family and friends. Facebook is a very interesting phenomenon, one that is rather amusing to talk about. Facebook has been ridiculed for its heartless influence, yet supported for its ability to entertain and connect.
Facebook may provide some advantages to humans, but there are also several disadvantages. David Long once said, “There are implications when we reduce human interaction to bite-size ways of connecting with one another.” Facebook has shown us how limitless and mindless we can be. Facebook taught us to rely on networking sites for information, updates and media. This all can lead to incorrect information, persuasion,...