Social media and technology has become significantly more used over that last decade. People are sitting at the dinner table looking at there phones or are talking on the phone. Communication between people is becoming less and less and it is becoming more about what is on the TV or phone. Everyone is desiring for the latest gadget so they can be up to date with everyone else. Most things on Facebook, Twitter or any other sight is just useless and a waste of time. There are two other types of cultures, literate and oral cultures. A literate culture consists of science, methods, fact, true/false, abstract and theoretical, etc. An oral culture consists of religion, the church, faith, right/wrong, narrative/story, etc. An electracy culture consists of social media, Internet, Google, etc. I believe that the most beneficial culture is a literate culture. Today, there is becoming another culture we just call an Electrate culture. An electrate culture keeps people from communicating to one another, everything on the internet is not always true, and you cannot always rely on the website, phone or computer to work.
The world started out as an oral culture only basing things on what people told you and what you experience. According to a website online Oral culture is defined as this, “Oral tradition is information passed down by word of mouth that is not written down. This includes historical and cultural traditions, literature and law.”
• Blowing out candles at birthdays
• Tipping a waiter for good service
• Throwing a bridal shower for a new bride
• Throwing a baby shower for a mother-to-be
• Having events for new members of a fraternity and sorority
• Told stories to pass on news to generations
• Only thing they could do is write down the things they experienced for others to see later on.
After oral culture was the only way to communicate and discover history literate culture was the next big way of communication. According to a website, culture literacy is defined as “Knowledge of history, contributions, and perspectives of different cultural groups, including one’s own group, necessary for understanding of reading, writing, and other media.” A literate culture is more of what we have today and our time. I believe the literate culture is the best culture to me because people took knowledge and what your group believes and it is not so much about believing what is on social media.
The culture this generation is moving more and more into is an electrate culture. An electrate culture is one based on the Internet and other bases off the Internet. The electrate culture could be something like Google, or social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. People today get so caught up onto there Facebook or Instagram and seeing what their friends and other people are doing instead of focusing on the person you are with and having an actual face to face conversation. When I am with someone I try to talk with him or her and not look at my phone. The definition of an electrate culture to me is, “Basing your efforts off of whatever you can find on the internet and focusing on that not socializing with people.” Another example of an electrate culture could be watching TV. Not everything on the TV is true. You cannot just go to a certain channel and believe everything this singer said is true just because they are famous. You have to listen to what they have to say and go and search if what they said is actually true.
Electracy is going to essentially destroy our society. If we all turned to the internet, social media sites, or the television then nobody would need to talk to one another and there would be no point to life really because everyone has a website to communicate or they can text each other. Nowadays, there are websites that people can meet a spouse or have their own little group of friends just from being online. You never know if those people are exactly the age they tell you or if they could be a criminal, you just cant rely on every website. My grandma found her husband online and it turned out to be great but it is not always the case.
Electracy cannot always be useful to civilization because everything on the Internet is not always true. Websites such as Wikipedia people can go in and change things that are said about people and make it sound true but it is really false. Today, anyone can go in on a website and change things or add their own website or response on something. Also, on the television on the news people often either make up stories or twist some of the story to make it more interesting. If you read or hear something on the Internet you should go and do your own research on the topic so you can tell if what they are talking about is actually true and not twisted or fake.
Another way Electracy cannot always be useful is that you cannot always rely on the website or computer or phone to work when you need to get on it. An example of that is in Christ Culture class today our professor tried connecting his computer to the projector so that classmates could show a presentation. He tried for a good twenty minutes but it did not work and then he called the maintance guy a few times. The maintance guy then had to come fix it so that my classmates could present their work. We spent over half the class relying on this computer to work so that we could present a project but it didn’t work until the end. You cannot always rely on a certain computer to work just to prove a point or write a paper. If the computer does not work then be flexible and move on to using pen and paper and using your own knowledge.
One of the other reasons you cannot always rely on electracy is it keeps people from communicating to one another. Someone can easily take what you said to them wrong because you are telling them over text and not through talking in person. When I am with someone I stay off my phone and have conversations with people. I only get to spend a few hours with them so I want to have all the time to talk to them not just be on my phone the whole time. When my mom was a kid they did not have cell phones and the only way to communicate for them was to ride over to someone’s house to spend time with them and talk to each other. Today, people have to always stay up to date and have the latest gadget or latest biggest TV or whatever the newest phone is. The phones are great to communicate to people but people are just taking the use out of phones to another level. I think if we are to focus more on communication and talking to people phone companies should take away the access to the Internet and apps and just focus on calling and texting being available on the phones. I even found myself distracted from writing this paper by looking at Facebook. If people can have access to talking to a person they have never met across the world they should be able to communicate to the person that is sitting in there living room right next to them.
Examples of Elctracy
• Using phones to communicate
• Texting people instead of calling them
• Using Social Media sites to communicate to people you have never met
• Online dating, babysitting, pet sitting sites
I hope that soon the social media websites and the distraction of the phone will soon die down and become less and less distracting and people talking to each other more and more. I believe that the best way of communication and belief system was the literate culture. They could communicate well but also could add on to what they thought with someone else’s belief and could expand their knowledge.