Last Friday, my classmates and I went to see the documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times, and there were a lot of aspects of the film that stuck out to me.
There was the high stress, high energy environment that these journalists worked in, their ruthless cut-throat attitude they had in their pursuit for a story, and their sense of pride for their craft, and the company they worked for.
Brian Stelter is one of the main journalists focused on in the documentary. Before landing a job with The New York Times, he was a well known blogger and user of social media, and it was his influence in social media that grabbed the attention of his future employers. Non of this is shocking to me either, as it's becoming clearer and clearer that your online brand has become part of your resume these days. However, watching Stelter's interaction with the the world around him was troubling.
As the camera filmed Stelter, wherever he was he was on his smartphone. It didn't matter if he was inside, or outside the workplace, he could not put his phone down. I think the problem today is not so much about the effect social media is going to have on print media, but more of what effect social media is going to have in our relationships with each other.
Are we able to put our phones down and still have a proper conversation with each other? Do we still look out the window on a car ride and watch the world around us? Do we still ever sit in quiet and stillness and appreciate the beauty around us?
As technology becomes more prevalent in our everyday lives, it is becoming more difficult for us to answer "yes" to any of those questions. That is the true problem with social media today.