So while I have claimed in past blogs that I am basically social media inept, I guess this past month of updating this blog and using my twitter consistently has taught me one huge lesson…social media is everywhere.
I woke up two mornings ago to go to class at 8:30 (which in my opinion is WAY to early for a college student) when I checked my twitter and facebook per my usual routine. The first thing I saw on twitter was that Pope Benedict XVI was stepping down from the papacy. For non-Catholics this may not seem like anything major, but as a lifelong Catholic, this was shocking news. The announcement had taken over my twitter and I knew it was time to check a news source to get the full details of the story.
What really strikes me as unique about this situation is the way in which I received the news. In a matter of moments after the story had been released ever major news source had the story which resulted in every twitter, facebook, blog, and other media site being full of the news as well. It doesn’t seem that look ago that I was sitting in my 8th grade class room with my eyes glued to the TV as my home room class watched coverage of Pope John Paul II‘s death was announced. There was no other forum for us as grade schoolers to receive the shocking news except in our class and from our parents.
The fact that in just a few short years we are able to receive information so easily and quickly is something I will never get used to and leads me to wonder what technologies and medias these next few years will bring.
- Prayer and Penance: Did Twitter Hasten Benedict’s Retirement? (patheos.com)
- Catholics worldwide react to resignation of Pope Benedict XVI (cbc.ca)
- Pope Benedict XVI to resign: Top 10 tweets (metro.co.uk)