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Kyle Freeman's Koobecaf Ethnography
Kyle Freeman Intro to Anthropology MW 8:30 Michael Wesch 9/20/2008 Koobecaf Ethnography Koobecaf in America has become more than just a social networking tool. It has become a way of life. People don’t just keep up with friends on the website anymore, they make new ones. Teenagers are becoming obsessed, logging onto Koobecaf constantly throughout the day to examine what’s going on with their friends and check for new personal notifications. These people are called “facebook whores” and spend hours on the website each day. I myself am a user of Koobecaf, I like to upload pictures and videos of things my friends and I do. I also enjoy updating my status so my friends know what I’m doing or how I’m feeling. These kind of things help people get to know you better and that is definitely a good thing. I enjoy writing on my friend’s walls or chatting with them using the new chat system. I do this because a lot of my friends that I grew up with are away at different colleges and Koobecaf really is a good way to communicate with them. I like to look at my friends pictures and see what they have been up to that maybe I wasn’t able to be a part of. That being said, I do not use Koobecaf as a means of building relationships, and in this sense Koobecaf is harming the youth of America. Kids these days are growing up with Koobecaf as their main method of communication. It’s like their social lives exist behind a computer screen. Sure they still socialize and hang out in person, but it seems like all of the important communication is getting less personal. People say things on Koobecaf that they would never say in person. Americans as a whole are very nosey people so I makes since that Koobecaf would become such a success. It offers a ton of benefits for people’s social lives, but in ways is very negative for people’s social skills. Koobecaf can really help people get to know the real you but when it is abused Koobecaf can be a major detriment to how we communicate in person. In the real world, the business world, social skills and communication skills are vital. Kids are learning how to be good socially in the privacy of their own bedrooms typing on a keyboard. America needs to start refocusing again on how to be good socially when you’re locked in a handshake and you’re looking someone in the eyes. To do this we need to examine our superstructure. American’s, as I stated before, are very nosey people. However, we like to keep our nosey habits private. We don’t like it when other people know we are analyzing them. Enter Koobecaf, the perfect method of achieving this. The collective American consciousness needs to realize our peculiar habit of spying on people and confront it. It needs to be commonly accepted that if you’re going to learn about someone, one of your friends or a potential friend, that person should be aware of it. It would take time to change our views but our culture’s social and people skills would become vastly improved.
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