For one of my classes I am helping out an outreach program for senior citizens. I went in today with my partner Laura and gathered some information about the organization. The questions and answers will help us during the auditing process to ensure they receive the best results possible. The results we hope will help the organization gather more senior citizens, look for ways to ask the younger community for help, and establish an overall sense of community with the people living close by. The man in chargeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦let's use a pseudonym and call him, Ã¢â‚¬Å“the man in charge.Ã¢â‚¬Â So, Ã¢â‚¬Å“the man in chargeÃ¢â‚¬Â was being interviewed, and we asked him how communication (news) flows throughout the company. His response was, Ã¢â‚¬Å“face to faceÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ummm, little to no use of cell phones, emails, AIM, online forums, or even landline phones (I know, what are those Jason? The ones with the operator connecting you?). I mean notes via fox would even work!!!
When I think about this, I think about our older citizens and how they gather news or information. I think about how the old ways of communication are dead. People donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hear news face to face anymore; itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s from their friendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog or through text messages. I am not bashing these forms of communicating, (hello I am in one!), but when I look around campus all I see are people on their cell phones, ipods, laptops, BluetoothÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (ugh), or even cd players (ha!). Why is communication between people become so closed off? I read a study recently that showed that people have fewer close friends nowadays. Excuse me for not having internal citations (sorry Marcy/Laura I have let you down :( ) but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t feel like looking it up again, so just trust me. With this lack of friends comes a lack of information (news) flow. In addition, because it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t flow as much, whenever people try and have a conversation about whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on in the news, it lasts about 1 HOT SECONDÃ¢â‚¬Â¦tsk tskÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
So I beg you: talk to peopleÃ¢â‚¬Â¦news doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t always have to come from your TV, INTERNET, CELLÃ¢â‚¬Â¦you can learn so much about the world and whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on by listening to othersÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
One Thing I Left Out
Norah Jones has a new CD out...
Not going to lie...amazing!