In a pair of N.Y. Times articles on social media, different lessons learned:
From Generation X... Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo went back to basics:
- "In January... I turned off my digital news notifications, unplugged from Twitter and other social networks, and subscribed to home delivery of three print newspapers..."
- "I have spent most days since then getting the news mainly from print... podcasts, email newsletters and long-form nonfiction... Basically, I was trying to slow-jam the news..."
- "Now I am not just less anxious and less addicted to the news, I am more widely informed ... in two months, I managed to read half a dozen books, took up pottery and (I think) became a more attentive husband and father."
- Farhad's Pollanism: "Get news. Not too quickly. Avoid social."
From Generation Z... The Parkland kids have taken to Twitter, and are using its social amplification to savage critics and keep gun control in the news:
- When Emma González's name "began to trend on Twitter, she did not know how to use it."
- "You know that meme where it’s a picture of a grandma in front of a computer? ... That was me."
- "Ms. González was surrounded by classmates who were familiar with Twitter’s ever-evolving dialect of memes, wisecracks and news stories."
- The Parkland students’ use of quote tweets is one of their most effective tools. [Sarah] Chadwick, in particular, has used the technique, as well as other memes to mock the students’ ideological opponents.
- But, but, but: "The social media activism has come with a cost for the high schoolers... [Delaney Tarr] was one of several students interviewed who said that she no longer felt comfortable using her Twitter account to express her opinions on pop culture, or the other lighter subjects she used to tweet about."
- “I’ll start typing a tweet, then I’ll delete it,” she told the Times. “I’ll think ‘what else can I say’ then type and delete again. I do miss having that teenage Twitter account. But we don’t get that regular teenage life anymore. It just doesn’t exist.”