Taking a Social Media course this semester has me thinking pretty hard about well… social media. What exactly is this colossal digital world that is the social media sphere?
Merriam-Webster says that Social Media is “forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos)” Definition here .
Still awake after reading that definition? Probably not. What a boring way to describe something as fascinating as social media! You have to do better Merriam-Webster. I sought to figure out a way to capture the infinite community of microcosmic social spheres that is social media and while trolling the #Freberg16 hashtag on Twitter, I spotted this: 20 Metaphors That Explain Social Media Perfectly.
This article was a great way to describe what social media feels like rather than whatever bland thing Merriam-Webster is talking about above. My personal favorite “metaphor” (although technically they’re similes but whatever) is: social media is “…like standing in the middle of the room and yelling ‘I LIKE BAGELS!’ and one person yelling back ‘I LIKE THAT.”
I also really enjoyed: social media is “…like The Force in Star Wars — In Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi explains the Force to Luke Skywalker as ‘an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together.'”
I mean come on definitions don’t get better than this. If you haven’t read the article, go read it!