Leading Discuss Final Week of Class

We decided to look at what is next after the Information Age during the last week of class. Mike Wadhera’s “The Information Age is over; welcome to the experience age” fit perfectly into showing the transformation of peoples’ relationship with technology. It argues that we are in a phase of wanting stories to be told visually and receive more direct attention from one another. Snapchat was mentioned frequently in the article as a perfect example of the “Experience Age”. Wadhera stated, “The main input being visual and the dominant feedback being attention” describing Snapchat. I for one am skeptical about this trend. It can lead to more of a desire for visuals through platforms like Snapchat opposed to focusing what is happening in front of you. An experience should not be kept to yourself at all times for that I agree. It is enjoyable to see a loved one post a video or picture of an event seeing their joy but there is a line. Having to share your whole experience through platforms takes away from the point of actually doing something exciting or new. The phrase “Let me put that on my Snapchat story” is cringe worthy to me. Why? To let people know we are at Chipotle? Living in the moment in my opinion seems like such a better alternative or simply having a conversation while eating burritos opposed to documenting the event. I also feel entering an “Experience Age” implies that you must have a greater experience than another person. It creates a competition of who recorded a live concert better. That is why sharing everything you do visually does not create a true experience or truly show yours. You can not recreate somethings experienced or felt in reality. I do having platforms like Snapchat but do not let having such social media platforms become the center of my experience. Nor do I let trying to capture a moment affect another persons experience. The “Experience Age” Wadhera describes to be seems like a superficial experience to me. (“Experience Age” = VR of True Experiences)

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  1. I also take issue with the dependency that some people have on sharing their experiences online, as if they need to prove that they attended or took part in order for the experience to be worthwhile. Even when we go to events or places alone, we bring a community of people with us through social media. In a similar way, people online build a follower base to share things that are insignificant, such as “what I eat in a day” vlogs. Is there really no one else you could eat a meal with or something else you could be doing than filming your meals and sharing it with strangers? I share the same skepticism for this experience age technology.

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