Social Media Parody Video

This parody video was made by the local Fox channel in Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas. It starts with the first 20 seconds or so seeming like your average news channel coverage on the scene of a city hall shootout. However, when it comes time to see the reporters on the scene, the first one is tweeting and the next reporter even takes a “selfie” with a dead victim found at the crime scene!

I think the spoofs in this video really highlight how we use some of the social media and how ridiculous they can honestly sound. How silly did the one reporter sound telling us about her checking into “Foursquare” at Starbucks?

The example of the reporter tweeting the shooting and not actually being involved in what was going around him hit home for me. I know there have definitely been times when I out was somewhere too busy trying to get the perfect Instagram photo or tweeting about it rather than actually just enjoying it in the moment.

It may sound silly saying all these things (skyping, tweeting, liking a page) out loud and watching others engage in them so seriously is a little cringe inducing but I think it brings something important to mind.

It is okay to be an active user in all outlets of social media. However, to immerse yourself so deeply that you lose touch with the reality of a situation is when a red flag should be raised. After watching this video, perhaps next time you go to use social media you’ll do so more consciously and with purpose. I know I will!

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2 comments

  1. Okay I completely agree with this! My boyfriend is constantly yelling at me for always being on my phone when we are doing something together. For example just yesterday he got mad at me because we were out to eat and I was taking a picture of the food to instagram it. I currently am trying to be on it less often, and I think everyone else should too. We really are living in social media and not the actual moment!

  2. This post was very interesting and somewhat funny. It is definitely true that we are always trying to get the perfect picture to instagram or tweet. We are not living in the moment and we see these objects through our phone instead of with our own eyes. We really should start living in the moment and take these things in without the use of our phones.

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