Culture is defined as the characteristics of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, cuisine, music, art and social habits. When someone asks another to define culture (assuming they hadn’t known about the former definition) a majority of the individuals asked base their answer on the culture in which they belong. Perhaps when discussing culture, it is easy to mention a particular nuance of a specific Place.

 

In Mexico, and several other Latin American Countries, Day of the Dead or Dia de Muertos is a cultural event lasting 24 hours. This is a holiday meant to honor the memory of family and friends who have passed away. This event is celebrated towards the end of October and the beginning of November. Coincidentally, but not related by origin, the cultural event of Halloween in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom is celebrated for custom purposes. Halloween consists of children, age ranging 3 – 12, (children under age 7 with their parents) soliciting candy from neighborhood houses with the question “Trick-or-Treat”. Halloween is celebrated on October 31st, for cultural amusement, but is not celebrated to memorialize any individuals. Events such as these are holidays that exist as a component of social culture.

 

If I can further describe what culture is, I would say that along with the prior definition at the start of this post, culture is a concept without concreteness; there are separations and boundaries that exist in cultures due to location in the world and changes over the passing of time. Unlike the “human condition” which consists of qualities that we as “homo sapiens” (humans in our current form) harbor, such as generalized emotions, culture is not a universal concept.

 

The culture of, let’s say, Place A, may be similar, but has its own rhythm and style in comparison to Place B. Though the culture of Place C has none, or very little relative qualities in comparison with Places A and B that Place C can be considered alien (meaning not-at-all similar; I am not referring to extra-terrestrial life) to Places A and B.*

 

For example The United States (Place A for this example only) has many similarities to England (Place B for this example only) because the two aforementioned Places in this example only are considered developed nations of the First World, with Bureaucratic Systems having Constitutions that hold an emphasis on protecting human rights. I could mention several candidates for Place C, (a culture not at all similar to Places A or B) at this moment I will mention North Korea.

 

North Korea has feelings of disdain for the United States in particular, as do many other Place Cs. North Korea does have a first world infrastructure system, however exists by a lineage Dictatorship Bureaucracy that does not have Constitutions that place an emphasis on human rights, and individual freedoms like Places A (United States for this example only) and B (England for this example only).*

 

I am a supporter of diversified cultures. Therefore, Place A (Not necessarily the United States) Place B (Not necessarily Britain) and Place C (Not necessarily North Korea) should maintain and preserve their cultures, which include nuance and distinction from other cultures; and ought include human interaction and participation.

 

The notion of culture is important. Its importance lies in the fact that even though culture is human created, it gives color, or in other words, a sort of purpose to life. This is not to imply that a citizen or resident has to like their culture in particular. Though if societies (or Places as discussed earlier) have nested cultures, with norms, as well as a set of taboos that are frowned upon, there is a set of guidelines that may not be concrete exactly, though do have a base at all.

 

In my “Welcome to HumansAreWe.com” video I mention that the nations of the world are experiencing: “an annihilation of culture {and personal freedoms}.” What I was actually referring to (at the time of the videos production I did not develop the explanation I hold here) was the Despotic effect of technology on First World Societies. Included in this technological dominance are computerized systems of data managing. I will mention in particular the elements listed in the title of this blog: Facebook and Twitter. If you have watched my video titled “Who is really benefiting from Facebook and Social Media” you will notice I bring up points concerning Social Media usage that are ruinous to its participants. I do not wish to re-hash these details, however I will note they are in par with the following arguments.

 

The consistent pre-dominance of Facebook and Twitter usage is in fact culture. How would this culture be further described? A culture over-bearing in Social Media; A culture akin to an Americanization of the Internet. That is to say (for whichever country you live in) that people from differing cultures are able to digitally connect with others either because of similarities in Place Culture (of Place A, Place B, or Place C) OR specified elements of culture such as language or religion or music or art or cuisine.

 

As per the definition of culture at the beginning of this post, Social Habit is also an integral part of culture. Facebook and Twitter allows users to interact by relating due to one or more of the other components of that definition (save for sharing literal food). The problem lies in the fact that Facebook and Twitter has mired the human race by limiting our Social Habits. Because of their gargantuan corporate relevance, individuals have become dependent on Social Media (primarily the former two) to interact with other human beings, whether they want to or not.

 

My finding is that Social Media usage, where it stands now, makes life extremely dull. I am sure many readers will agree. It takes away that sort-of purpose that a culture without Social Media would bring; dare I say, it almost makes life not worth living. A culture of Social Media is a culture, but one that is not healthy, not goal oriented, not conducive to personal happiness, and pushes for an existence of mediocrity. I decry Twitter and Facebook for the blasé effects they have forced on World Societies. I am for the betterment of human life quality, and I feel that Social Media was an attempt to do so, but was one that failed majorly.

 

Earlier in this blog I mentioned the cultural event known as: [The] Day of the Dead or Dia de Muertos. This event, is a cultural event that began long before the dawn of Social Media. Its purpose is to memorialize departed friends. The Cultures of Places A, B, and C (not to name any cultures in particular) are human created, but are not human beings. Though my impression is the Cultures of our world, or Places A, B and C, have been annihilated. It’s as if the existence of festivities remain, however the vitality and worthiness of these moments, formerly due to actual human interaction, has been replaced; we now celebrate vicariously through our Avatars (on Facebook and Twitter); but not our persons.

 

The cultures of Places A, B, and C (not to name any cultures in particular) are now mono-culture. The problem with this mono-culture of 21st century mundaneness, is that cultural diversity is dying. I am lethargic from a Social Media Centric Culture. I, however, do not wish to celebrate the capsizing of old culture. I wish to reintegrate the Worlds old ways, and say farewell to Twitter and Facebook forever.

 

 

 

*It may help you, the reader, to use a pen and paper to organize the information from this post for yourself. To understand better, it also helps to think of your own examples for Places A, B and C.

 

 

 

*I, Brian Berger, was born an American. My personal choice is not to distinguish myself as an American, but a human being. While I personally am for the furtherance of education, (I do believe the American education system is terribly in need of adjustment) helping others, and questioning governmental policy(of my own nation and others); I wish to make clear that human rights is not the current subject of this post.

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