Lately I consider myself to be the local Advocate and cheerleader for social media in Emmett, ID. There is a lot of potential for it to help the local economy by connecting local businesses to each other and to their customers in a more intimate way than they currently have, which would help people get what they need and want more easily, which would make them more likely to spend their money in our town.
Social Media use in Emmett would also increase the need for our politicians, business owners, and citizens in general to be far more transparent. They wouldn’t be able to lie to a group of people and get away with it as easily, or worse, build a following off of those lies without being corrected. At the very least the use of social media (like twitter and facebook) would speed up the communication between the residents here and the amount of wasted time from inaccurate communications would be cut drastically.
Unfortunately in our town there are a few common misconceptions that 1. social media is too difficult to use 2. that it is only for the younger generations 3. that it will download viruses to your computer and 4. that in general, social media is the devil. The misconceptions are so strongly ingrained into the minds of the adults and families of our town that the virtually limitless potential of social media and it’s positive aspects in our community are wasted before they even get a chance to prove themselves.
So, being that I am one of these weird anti-muckrakers, I feel that I will take this little title ‘the social media advocate’ and write a few articles to educate the community on values of social media, the pros and cons, the things to avoid, how to protect yourself, and how our community could benefit from using social media appropriately and safely. I will also be writing articles to the parents of our community encouraging them to get their butts on MySpace and Facebook. There is never something more sobering to a parent than to find out their sons or daughters are posting illegal activities on public websites, and if they are connected to their child’s accounts, this STUPID activity will most likely stop.
These are just some thoughts of mine. I hope I can get the articles into the paper here in town. Even if I have to pay to do it I’d like to get them in the paper. It means that much to me.
If you have any thoughts on topics for other articles please let me know, any help I can get to start to chip away at the conservative, stone wall exterior to the minds of this community I would greatly appreciate!