Is Social Media & Technology Scaring You?

Education & Training with Glasswork Media Arts

This morning I gave a presentation to a local community organization, the group consisted


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of people of all age groups, backgrounds and business orientations. The topic was what I always talk about anymore,Social Media. I went through my presentation and could see some faces smiling, some looking confused, and some kinda lost, pretty much the usual. What stuck me most was a retired couple that approached me afterward.  While the gentleman was excitedly telling me about the technology that was available in “his day”, the wife immediately said, “wow, you scared the heck out me!” She was serious, very serious! It was, in the end a perfect ice breaker to the start of a wonderful conversation about the breakneck speed at which SoMe is changing. That woman’s fear became very apparent to me when I was discussing how they might want to try and use Skype to keep up with kids and grandkids, while the husband was intrigued, the wife immediately dismissed it, for no real reason other then the fear of the technology. I have given many presentations about SoMe and have encountered many folks who displayed an uneasy feeling towards where and how the world of communication is evolving, but I was not prepared for this woman’s out and out fear.

During one part of my presentation I tell a story about a conversation that I had a while


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back with a Sci Fi author friend of mine, Thaddeus Howze. Thaddeus and I often discuss where SoMe is headed, and it’s relationship to what we as children remember as Sci Fi. Recently we discussed the advent of Social Discovery, a direction that SoMe is taking combining sites like coupon sites such as  Groupon with Geo location sites likeFoursquare, as well as the ability of apps like Google walletinteracting with our purchase information, and where we physically are or might be headed. It works along these lines, say you are in the vicinity of a McDonalds and your phone knows that you buy a weekly 2 cheeseburger meal deal. A message pops up on your smartphone and asks if you are interested in purchasing a meal deal at the upcoming McD’s. You hit “Yes“, the money comes out of your account, the McD’s is sent the order, you just drive thru and pick it up…simple as that.

I find the concept interesting, and quite “cool” if you will, Thaddeus on the other hand is greatly concerned about the amount of control the devices have on our everyday lives. Not time spent manipulating a particular device mind you, but device control of information. A valid and interesting thought. Machines communicating with machines without any human interaction. An interesting approach that doesn’t necessarily scare me, but it certainly has my attention.

So I ask my question again, is the path that SoMe is so swiftly going down scary to you?


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JOSH EVANS *JoshEvansHomes 516-655-5000
Village Properties of Mineola, LLC - Mineola, NY
Great blog and great job. Keep up the good work. Good luck to you this year. Thanks
May 16, 2012 09:28 PM #1
Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
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Thanks Josh, on all accounts, and right back at ya....

May 16, 2012 09:40 PM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It doesn't "scare" me but it does concern me.  Those types of advances in technology always come with some price to pay.  We are becoming very dependant on it all and that will come back to bite us.

May 16, 2012 10:48 PM #3
Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
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What concerns me is that we can't seem to function anymore without some sort of screen in our faces, hands

May 16, 2012 10:51 PM #4
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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I agree with Sharon...can't say Scared really but I too am quite surprsed and glad I am not a parent to human kids anyway!

May 17, 2012 12:26 AM #5
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

To be honest, I am actually a little frightened of the potential that socila media has in the hands of unscrupulous operators to take advantage of naive people.

May 17, 2012 12:47 AM #6
Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
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Thaddeus will  be on the radio show in a few short weeks, when you listen to him, it does get scary. I mean honestly the guy is spot on....I will post a week ahead of time when he will be on..

May 17, 2012 01:43 AM #7
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Privacy?  There is no such thing as privacy and for that, who can blame her for being scared?

May 17, 2012 02:30 AM #8
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
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No it doesn't scare us but maybe it concerns us Gerry, especially if Big Brother decides our taxes need paid today and it is automatically done by our 'machines'!

May 17, 2012 10:48 AM #9
David Monsour
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Gettysburg, PA

I wonder if people will eventually reject the connection or if it will even be possible.  I think privacy is out the window the minute you hit "download app" or enter your email address and password into the website.  At that point you've agreed to some policy that you haven't read (nobody reads those).  It doesn't seem that we're that far from a machine building a machine without human involvement. 

May 17, 2012 10:52 PM #10
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

social media is the new cocktail party, everyone better get used to it, its the communication of the decade

May 18, 2012 03:20 PM #11
Lee Ann Obenauer
Metro Roberts Realty - Buffalo, NY

I just can't keep up with the ever changing technology and find it taking up too much of my precious time


May 25, 2012 12:50 PM #12
Irene Durocher
Coldwell Banker BUYERS AGENT - Boca Raton, FL

Hi Gerry, I agree with the previous comments. We have lost our privacy. If you go to

Walmart, they have security cameras. Everywhere you go you see cameras. And the internet ,

I  believe people put to much personal information out there.

May 27, 2012 09:40 AM #13
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

interesting blog - no fear of the SoMe,  the progression appears to be very gradual. Not quite Orwellian yet.

May 30, 2012 03:48 AM #14
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Gerry I have discovered that there is no such thing as privacy anymore. Hope our lives don't turn into the Jim Carrey Movie"The Truman Show"

Jan 04, 2013 04:16 AM #15
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