Generation Like- Reflection


(1) What was your biggest “aha!” or “what?!” moment from watching “Generation Like”? Why was this such a big “aha” or “what” moment?

(2) How did your view of Social Media change? Why?

(3) Do you think this documentary would be an effective tool to show to grade 9 students? Why?

Post your responses in the comment section below, don’t forget to come back and comment on other peoples responses.


61 thoughts on “Generation Like- Reflection

  1. 1-One of the big aha moments for me was how they compared the hunger games to our modern day society media. I had never really thought about how our media worked. But seeing that it’s like the hunger games where you are all alone except for a few sponsors hit me.

    2-It changed my view on social media because our current society revolves around it. From ads to communicating with friends it is one of the most powerful things where comments or tweets spread like wild fire. I never thought about before how powerful it actually was.

    3-Yes I do think it would be affective to use with grade 9 students because it helps show them and make them aware of the world we live in where media has such an impact on our daily lives. To me I think it would be beneficial for them to watch and learn about this.

    • I agree with your “aha” moment. It’s an interesting comparison that most people don’t really think of. The concept of getting people to like you in order to get sponsors is similar to how more popular and well liked people get more likes or subscriptions or followers.

  2. 1- My biggest “what?!” moment was probably finding out how controlled some celebrities social media accounts are. It never really clicked to me that someone else would be running and planning when to post certain things on their sites. This was such a “what?!” Moment for me because it upsets me. I want to believe it’s the actually celebrity tweeting or whatever they are doing because you feel more connected to them, once you find out it’s not them you just don’t have that feeling anymore. It feels planned because it is.

    2- My views haven’t changed that much, but the content they spoke about made me think about how industries use celebrities to advertise them and how controlled we are. It just brought it to my attention more than it would have been before.

    3- I do think this is appropriate for grade nines. I feel this is something they would find interesting since our teenage years revolve around social media. I think they could really connect to it and have a topic to talk about to one another.

  3. erinjamieson says:

    My biggest “aha!” moment I found during this documentary is that postings are controlled. It has never occurred to me that marketing teams have photos and specific posts all on a time line. It makes sense now that I think about it, they release photos at all different hours of the day and weeks to control the reactions of the audience.

    After watching this documentary I definitely feel as though my views have changed. I realize that all the things I read and see are monitored and not necessarily by the celebrity themselves. I’ve always wanted to believe that they were like any other person who uses filters and iPhone apps to edit a photo when in reality, they probably have the slightest clue on how to even do that unless they’re just fooling around. It also changed my view as to realize that we the consumers, are the ones determining the type of advertisements based on our social activity.

    I think this documentary would be appropriate for grade 9’s and they would enjoy it. It’s eye opening and really gets you to think about the posts you’re viewing and the things you read.

    • I agree with your “aha” moment. It’s strange to think that what we see celebrities posting doesn’t necessarily come from them. Does this make you question if celebrities really are how they are portrayed through social media?

  4. My biggest “what?!” moment was when they talked about how we are all alone in the world of social media. Comparing it to Hunger Games where it’s everyone for themselves is not how I thought of social media but I realize after thinking about it that it’s completely true. This made me realize that we are not connecting with people the way we should be and that while we think we are effectively communicating, we are really just staring at a screen for hours on end when we could be developing real social skills that involve real human interaction.

    This changed my view on social media a little because I feel like we should be communicating with real people instead of what could be people or could be a simulated message. It makes me want to use social media less and go out and physically speak to my friends and make new friends instead of just texting or tweeting them. After watching this video I believe even more that while social media is a great tool for marketing and should be utilized to it’s best, we should not use it as our sole form of interaction to each other.

    I feel that this would be effective to show to grade 9s as they are becoming more familiar with the online world as they get older. Being a grade 12, we know the effects that social media can have and we should know better than to use social media as our only form of communication. Showing grade 9s what they are exposed to may be an effective way for them to realize they should communicate before it’s too late. Not to discourage them from using social media because it is so eminent in our lives and the marketing world but to promote interaction that isn’t always via a screen.

    • My biggest Aha moment was the hunger games comparison as well but it stuck out to us in very different ways which is really interesting. I never thought of them being alone all alone as meaning that even though we are on social media we really aren’t being very “social” most of the time. I really like this interpretation! Do you think that if more people watched this video, saw the manipulation behind all of the marketing and were explained the comparison between the hunger games they would be inclined the reduce their social media use and communicate in person more as well?

      • I think so. I think if people really took the time to understand how unsociable they are really being, they would understand how much more we could be talking to each other and actively communicating.

  5. 1. The part that really stood out to me me as an “aha” moment was when they were explaining how beneficial youtube collaborations were for everyone’s publicity and popularity for their channel. I never realized how much time and effort it took to make a popular youtube channel. It seems like you have to dedicate your life to making it. I have always wanted to post videos on youtube, but I don’t think I have the time of effort to care as much as other people do to make sure my channel is successful.
    2. It made me realize how much planning and behind the scenes work was put into marketing products. I knew marketing took a lot of work but I never guessed how detailed and meticulous every post and share would be. It kind of blew my mind seeing that certain things are released at specific times.
    3. I think this documentary is an effective tool for people at any age. Grade nines I think can benefit from it because they are growing up and getting more freedom and confidence to post things about who they are and what they want to represent. I think this documentary gives people some tools and unique ways to think about what you are “liking” and how that effects everything around you.

  6. 1) The biggest “what?!” moment I had watching the documentary was that companies track when people mention them in tweets, share posts on Facebook and Instagram. I really had no idea or never thought that companies would look into social media like that.
    2) Social media to me was a way to express yourself and to share your thoughts with others. After watching the documentary I now look at social media as a hidden advertisment for companies.
    3) I think this would be a good tool to show grade nines because they are some what fresh in the social media scene. Your first year in high school is when you change the most and for some they just might have got onto social media sites. Showing them this documentary will give them a better view about what they’re posting on social media and who sees it.

    • I agree with your “what?!” moment a lot! I didn’t realize that companies track what they tag and use it as a marketing tool. In a way it’s interesting that we can help in advertising for companies but also, like you said, social media is a way of expressing yourself. Do you think that by tracking and using tags companies are taking advantage of the users of social media or do you think it’s fair?

      • I think it can be looked at in both ways, but in my opinion I don’t really like the fact that big companies are making money over my posts and my personal things, what’s your opinion?

      • I agree. I don’t like that they’re making money from our own ideas but at the same time it makes you really think if maybe our “original” ideas are exactly what they’re trying to get at.

  7. (1) My biggest “aha” moment was at the end when social media was compared to “The Hunger Games”. This was such an “aha” moment because that specific movie had been referenced to throughout the movie, and then everything was connected and it makes sense! The marketers are like the game makers, and a young person is sent out to fend for themselves. Getting people to like them will get them sponsors (likes, or literal sponsors). All of this was a connection I didn’t expect to make.

    (2) My view of social media has changed in the way that now I realize there are people pulling all the strings. Every time I see a celebrity post something, I’m going to assume it’s not actually them posting. Seeing advertisements, I now know that they are all so carefully thought out and placed on social media. Nothing that is posted by a company, or any sponsored person/celebrity is posted not on purpose.

    (3) I think this documentary would indeed be effective to show to grade 9 students because it would definitely change their mindset about the way they perceive social media at a good age. It would get them thinking. I know that after seeing that, I will always be thinking about the things I’ve learned every time I go on social media and that would be a good thing for young grade 9’s to be exposed to with 3 years of highschool in front of them.

    • The “aha” moment you had was one of my top ones as well. The whole documentary I was wondering why they were showing this girl who was obsessed with the Hunger Games and what relevance it had to the whole idea of the film. I think it was very clever to fill everyone in on the “secrets”of media and how it fit in todays world. The Hunger Games is a very intelligent movie, the characters are telling you all this information about society without the viewers even knowing how important it is. Do you feel this is an unethical way that marketers use people’s unawareness for their own benefit?

  8. My biggest “aha” moment was realizing how much companies use their audience to advertise for them. The consumer becomes the marketer. I think this is interesting because I never thought of it that way before and I wonder how many times I may have been used to make money for someone else through social media.

    My view of social media has changed a lot. I see how easy it is to be manipulated by the things you like or follow and how nothing is an accident. Everything is carefully planned out for the purpose of making money.

    I think this documentary would be very effective for grade 9 students. Since they are younger and social media is only going to become more and more relevant in their lives it would be good for them to learn about it earlier on and to think about what they are doing.

    • I like your “aha” moment because I never really knew that we became the marketers and I found that intriguing. Do you think that it is easy for anyone to become manipulated by media?

    • I like your “aha” moment because I felt the same way about how we are being used to advertise for companies and celebrities and we really never thought about it. I really had no idea that social media played such a big role in advertisment.

  9. 1) I think I was most surprised by how easy it is for companies to exploit kids to market their brands for them. Through social media kids believe they are expressing themselves when really they are being manipulated to share and broadcast products to their friends.
    2) the video didn’t really change my view on social media because social media has almost always been used for advertisement and I’ve always known companies will pay people who have a large audience of followers to promote their products.
    3) I think it could be effective for grade nines because if they haven’t already realized how companies use social media to advertise their products seeing this video might give them some perspective on how marketing is changing to become ingrained into their lives.

    • I agree with your “aha” moment because kids don’t understand they are the company’s walking product. All they think is that they are getting free clothes and that they are on there way to fame..

  10. 1) A big ah ha! Moment for myself was at the beginning of “Generation Like” when one of the speakers said “No one is there when you post something to say you can’t say that”. I never thought about social media this way before, celebrities have to be very careful when posting pictures and tweeting because if they post something offensive people will fight back and viciously cyber bully in some cases.

    2) My view of social media changed because before I thought of social media as something that was normal for people to be apart of daily because my generation has grown up with social media as a huge part of our generation. Now that I think more about it social media is actually very unnatural there are probably about one million puppet masters behind the scenes of what goes on in our social media.

    3) I believe this would be an effective video to show grade nine students because grade nines are still pretty young and might not know how harmful their posts on social media can be. I feel that a lot of grade nines are confused and trying to figure out who they are. They could be easily influenced by trends on social media even if it is not the right thing to do.

  11. The biggest aha moment in the video is when trident gum has a show called trending ten and they go on twitter and pick what there going to talk about. I thought it was kinda cool but odd because most of the stuff they talked about were celebrities and to me that’s not the only thing there is to talk about but I do like the idea that they go on twitter and see what the young people want to talk about.

    It did not change my veiw of social media because I still think that as long as social media is out it won’t benefit teens that will go so hard to go for likes. There’s a difference between liking your fan and being obsessed with your fan. I liked social media and Facebook when it first came out and there was no like button and everyone shared there stuff now when you get the like button friends become fans and it could get to young kids heads. But I think social media is good if your an adult and you already have your
    Life established because you know what you like and who you are. When your a young teen your still trying to figure out who you are and you can be pulled into the wroung things just to be cool your get those
    Likes. I think social media good if your not striving out for those

    I think this would be good for grade nines if they want to learn more about social media and passionate about it. It also give them a lot of eye openers on things they didn’t know so it’ll be a good thing to show grade nines.

  12. 1)My biggest “what?!?!?!” moment was seeing how obsessed some kids are with social media. I know lots of kids who care a little bit to much about social media but I have never seen someone like, favorite and retweet posts for 4-5 hours for almost no reason. That girl got “sparks” which are useless for all her efforts.

    2) My views of social media didn’t change at all. I just watched a documentary on VICE news about social media so I kind of already knew a lot of this stuff. The one thing I hadn’t really thought of was how big of an impact my favorite and retweets have on peoples company’s.

    3) I think it would be good for a grade 9 class. I think its important to show younger kids the power of social media. The grade 9 kids might not have thought about what social media can do and this is good way to show them.

    • Your “What?!?” Moment is interesting because I find in today’s society how many likes/followers people have has become an obsession. I find especially for girls they are always thinking strategically about how they can receive more likes. For example posting what most of their followers will like or posting on certain days at certain times to get the max number of likes. What do you think this obsession with likes will do to the confidence of people in our generation?

  13. Anonymous says:

    1. Comparing “the game of likes” to the Hunger Games was the biggest aha moment for me. It was a great analogy and I never thought about it like that at all. I have seen and read the hunger games and never once thought that the ideas behind it related to anything that we are a part of. The fact that to get sponsors they need to get people to like them and these sponsors help them survive in the game is exactly like getting sponsors in the game of likes. Also comparing the game makers to the people behind the scenes manipulating the media was a comparison that stuck out to me because of the behind the scenes information they shared.
    2. My view of Social Media didn’t change significantly but it did change. I never thought about how us communicating about the things we like and sharing things is like doing the job of the advertisers. It made me view social media more as a buisness than what we usually use it for which is pleasure.
    3. Yes I think this would be an effective tool to show grade 9 students. It was very informative and may make them more conscious about their social media presence and what they are putting out there. Social media is a big part of the majority of teens lives so I definately think it would be something they could relate to and have am opinion about. This documentary might show them that they don’t know as much as they thought they did about the behind the scenes of social media so this would be a good and relevant tool.

    • Anonymous says:

      I also think that it was a good analogy Cassidy! Do you think that the author of the hunger games was thinking of that as she wrote it? Or is it just something as the reader we connect to our lives? -Zac Cressman

      • I love that you asked that question because I asked myself the exact same question! When I thought about it I decided that I’m sure there was an underlining message in the hunger games. Although I do not think that it was her intention to portray “generation like”/ social media and the manipulation behind it, although it fit very well when they were compared.

    • I also found the comparison of the “game of likes” and hunger games to be a cool and interesting comparison. The way she explained the similarities between the two made me realize that they are very similar. Even though they are fairly different it was crazy to see and hear how this crazy movie about killings is similar to the game of likes people and large companies are playing today. It shows to me that how desperate some people are to get likes and what lengths companies will go to get their product out there for people to see and like. A questions I have for you is do you think there are some people who go to our school that rely on social media likes?

      • I definitely do think that there are some people at our school that rely on social media likes. Especially with Instagram. Some people are obsessed with how many likes they get in how many minutes on their pictures. I know people at our school that will delete a picture based solely on that fact that it didn’t get “enough” likes or as many as they wanted. I can think of some particular people who in my opinion rely on social media likes but obviously won’t name any names.

    • I agree with you about the video having the ability to make grade nines more aware of what they are posting because like I said in my comment there is no one behind the scenes to tell them what is appropriate to post and what is not. That is a neat comparison with the hunger games I never thought of social media that way either, where if you want to be famous for example you have to get sponsors and people who like you on your side. Do you think it is important that major companies and famous people watch what they post on social media?

      • I think it is extremely important! Many young people closely follow celebrities and major companies activities on social media. Celebrities are very influential and need watch that they aren’t posting things that will have a negative influence on people’s views or social media activities. It is also important for them to be careful that they don’t post things that people may take offence to as it could hurt their business/fan base or make young people think posting offensive things on social media is acceptable.

  14. 1) My biggest “Aha” moment while watching the documentary was seeing how obsessed some kids are with social media and with movies. I enjoy social media and use it everyday but some of the kids we saw on the documentary are on social media almost 24/7 and they rely on likes for there self esteem. There was also a part in the documentary when they asked kids what “selling out” meant to them. I was shocked to see that none of them knew the true meaning of the word and truly selling out is a thing of the past. Now a days people see it as you made it if you “sell out”. It means that brands want you to show off their products because they believe you are famous enough to get lots of views of the product.

    2)My views on social media slightly changed in regards to how obsessed some kids are with social media. For the most part I know lots of people who are on social media alot and enjoy it. I already knew that most celebrity’s don’t run their own twitter accounts and if they do, they have someone who will filter the tweets. I also already knew that social media is huge for brands and they now rely on it to do most of their advertising and marketing. There has been times for example that I have tweeted “Wish I had some kraft diner” and the official kraft diner account tweeted back at me. This shows that someone actively monitors the account and connects with as many people as possible.

    3) I do believe this video would be an effective tool to show the grade 9’s because it shows the true side of social media that I feel like many people don’t know. Social media and the internet are fairly new and huge aspects of our lives. Its important for my and younger generations to learn the importance of social media and see how it is a tool to make money and earn a career. After watching the film it made me wonder if i Had started up an youtube blog when I was younger if i could be living off that today and not have to get a real job.

  15. 1. My biggest “aha” moment when watching the documentary was seeing how the currency of likes turns into an actual currency. Advertisers funding someone who has their name “out there” I see is almost like using someone. Almost like a human billboard to advertise growing corporations in our world today.

    2. My view of social media has changed in the way that I have never seen money involved. Until now I didn’t realize how much cooperations were involved with social media. It has been hidden from most of us.

    3. I think that this documentary is not only a good thing to show to grade nines, but to everyone. Myself being in grade 12, I learned something from watching the documentary. I believe that most people could pick up a thing or two from watching this.

  16. 1- I think the biggest “what?” moment for me was when I realized how much time goes into operating these companies and also how much money can be made off of social media. I didn’t realize people actually had paying jobs operating a social media account or worked for companies like “the audience”. I didn’t realize how much money could be made and I found it interesting how the young boy initially started making the videos to get money to support his family.

    2) My view on social media didn’t change very much because I knew a lot of the trends and stuff that was happening except I didn’t realize how big it had all become and how much people can make careers out of social media. I see it now as more of an important tool and how people can use it for many different reasons and not for just the reasons that I use them.

    3) I think this would be a cool video to show grade 9’s. They would find it interesting and I think they would react positively and with other lessons can see how they can use social media in a positive way. The only problem would be some might not be mature enough to handle some of the racy content.

  17. My biggest “aha” moment was when I saw truly how manipulated we are by companies to do their advertising for them. Everything we do on social media is monitored and put into consideration. We are also manipulated by all the advertisements we see on a daily basis and subliminal messages we perceive from the advertisements. It’s concerning how much time people spend online, and I hope it doesn’t get worse.

    My view of social media didn’t really change because I’ve had a general idea of the dangers and such, but I was shown on a deeper level the problems and obsessions that derive from compulsively using media. The way the hunger games girl desperately wanted to be a top fan and the company used that urge to advertise. Also how desperate some people are for likes is upsetting. Likes on a photo doesn’t mean someone likes you as a person.

    I think this documentary would be effective because it would give perspective at an age where we were particularly vulnerable to social media and willing to compromise morals and real life connections for likes and an online identity.

  18. The biggest “aha!” moment for me is realizing that most company’s are using only kids or only want kids to advertise for them. There are no older people simply because the audience is more towards teens. It also makes me question how many moms and dads are involved in their kids lives like that one mom in the film trying to get her daughter famous by making her sing and posting it to YouTube.

    My view on social media has changed because thinking about how people can become famous or labeled as a celebrity just for talking on YouTube everyday. The video is completely true about how teenagers only care about how many likes or retweets they get to make themselves feel better. I’m quite scared to see what the younger generation is going to be like in the future.

    This video would be very effective to show to the grade 9 students because they are just starting to get into all the different apps and websites that are out there. They need to see that it’s not just about the likes. I feel like this is right around there area that they are all getting into the social media so they might find it interesting.

  19. (1) I think my biggest ‘aha’ moment when when a teenager in the documentary said ‘everyone wants to be liked’. This was huge because it’s so true!! I’ve never really related whether I’m liked with the amount of likes I get. But how could the two not be correlated?! When I post a picture I’m constantly thinking about how many people will like it. As if the people who didn’t like it electronically, don’t like it personally. However, I know that it’s possible that a person can be scrolling and liking things but never tapping the like button. That’s why it’s ridiculous to worry so much about the amount of likes you get. There shouldn’t be a connection between how liked you are and how many liked you get.

    (2) I’ve always viewed social media as something fake. As a break from the real world. But I learned from this documentary how real it is. It’s crazy to think that social media has become a way for businesses to make money. Before, it was just a way to stay in touch with grandma and post some pictures of your life. I never imagined that huge companies would be searching through my likes to find ways to make more money. Social media is definitely bigger than I thought!

    (3) I’m not sure if this is still the case for grade nines these days, but I know when I was in grade nine I was way less addicted to technology than I am now. So, yes I think this would be an excellent to show them before they get even more addicted. I think it’s a huge eye opener about what technology does and I would have loved to have gotten that three years ago in grade nine. Maybe if we start learning earlier on, not to connect virtual likes with being liked, youth would be more happy. I also think it’s important that everyone learn about advertisement angles and the way social media is viewed by large companies.

    • I agree, the film definitely made me realise how much I think about whether or not I’m likes on my latest photo, when in reality it doesn’t make a difference, does it? Unless we all got paid for likes, there’s no true value in them, except for self esteem.

  20. jlickley says:

    1) My biggest aha moment was when i was told that famous people like popular singers or movie actors are most of the time not in control of what they say over via Twitter or the pictures posted on Instagram have been photoshopped by other people and the artist is told to post it.

    2) My overall view of social media was changed by the documentary. It was changed because it made me realize how important social media has become in our generation. There are corporations I did not know even existed. And that people can make tons of money through it. It’s no longer just a past time hobby it’s become more of a business for many individuals.

    3) Yes, I think the documentary should be shown to the grade 9’s because it will open doors for them and show them that it is important for them to not abuse the sites and to use them appropriately because once it’s on the Internet it can’t be taken down.

    • I agree with your second comment! It’s crazy how people can make a career out of having an online presence. While we’re just casually posting photos of stuff we do, some people are so calculated with every photo and caption.

      • jlickley says:

        I know It is weird to think about how people can make a living out of somethig that seems so simple.

  21. 1. I feel like the biggest “aha” moment for me was when they mentioned that companies use the information on your pages to improve their marketing techniques. If a group of individuals all like one Facebook post for example, they are able to see what other pages those people are interested in. From that they are able to market more specifically to the consumers. I always knew that this was something that happened but I don’t think I truly understood how much work was put into the planning of marketing and all of the specifics.

    2. I’m not sure if my views on social media necessarily changed drastically after watching this video. I feel as though I had a pretty good idea of how social media worked and how it was run before watching. The only thing that I see differently now is how planned out every single post you see is. Every company and celebrity that posts a photo or tweet has put in the time. The time to think about when to post the picture or how to word the tweet in order to get the most likes.

    3. I think this would be an effective video for anyone to watch. I think it’s very informative and helps to see the behind the scenes of what happens on social media. I think it’s important that the grade 9 students see what more there is to social media. I also think it might help them to think about why it is that they are so hungry for likes or followers.

  22. 1- my biggest “aha!” moment in the documentary was learning that celebrities don’t always run their own social media accounts, which is something I’ve often suspected. I reacted to this information because I like to think that celebs are being genuine on their accounts, and I would prefer to think of them as being more like regular people, not saying something in order to draw us towards a certain product.

    2- it changed my view on social media because I didn’t realise how seriously some people take their Facebook Likes and how pointedly people post particular photos or videos on social media.

    3- The grade 9s should definitely see this documentary, as it would help them to consider their online profiles more carefully and I think it’s important for young people that, as consumers, we know how we’re being targeted.

  23. @kevintakatch I definitely do think there are some people at our school that rely on social media likes. Especially with Instagram. Some people are obsessed with how many likes they get in how many minutes. Lots of people will delete a picture based solely on the fact that it didn’t get “enough” likes. I can think of some particular people who in my opinion rely on social media likes but obviously won’t name any names.

  24. 1.The most shocked moment for me is the skateboard kid. He has very good skills on skateboard. And the video he made attract attention for lots of people. However, when he became famous. He have to make some video which he should not make in his age. Although he can get more liked and money through those videos. He still should not do it. In my opinion, YouTube and Facebook are the place where you can present your talent or share your various kind of stories. The kid made videos to present his talent on skateboard which is very good and he can inspire his generation. But the videos with girls dance like that will make very bad influence to both himself and his fans. It is not a good thing to do in his age.

    2.As far as I concerned, social media is becoming much more complicated than before. When I first time played social media in China five years ago. I simply used it to read some funny post or some big events happened in my middle school. But currently countless people use social media to advertise their low quality products such as fake Nike, Jordan and various brand clothes and shoes. In China some people buy lots of followers and pretend famous person. Some people steal others picture to pretend him/she to cheating followers.
    There are some positive impact as well. People can post for help and something newspaper will not report. We can know something government is not willing to let people know.
    The change of social media is very huge. It became much more powerful than before and government should edit law to limit it and people who try to use it do something bad.

    3.I think is a very good video for grade 9 kids because it is better they are clearly understand what is social media and how powerful it could be before they play it.
    A clearly concept of social media is quite important for them. Otherwise they may do the crazy things for just dozen likes.

  25. My biggest aha moment is when it told us that most celebrity’s and singers don’t control there social media accounts it kind of confuses me but it also makes sense because they don’t want them to say anything bad or anything!

    • I think yes my ovarall view of social media was changed to be very honest I have never been a huge fan of Facebook Twitter nothing yes I do use them but after this doccumenty it kinda made me hate social media more especially because that Steven Fernandez guy he needs a swift kick to the chops.

      • Yes I do believe the documentary should e shown to grade 9s the reason is because it opens eyes and I believe the grade 9s are the worst for it by Blake smiley

  26. My biggest “aha” moment I think was getting more information on how companies can turn data into money and how those companies advertise to certain age groups such as youth. I don’t think that my view of spinal media changed because what was said in the video I already had the knowledge of. I think that it was interesting to find out how consumed some teenagers get with social media and how scary that is. I believe that this documentary would be beneficial to show grade nine students to let them know what they may not be fully aware of In social media.

  27. 1) my biggest “aha” moment had been how they compared our use on the internet to sponsors in the hunger games. It’s made me really think about how we use the Internet and by the things we do, it just sponsors other people. The Internet is just one huge cycle of money and advertising, and how they explained it really did make me realize what’s really going on.

    2) My view on social media changed entirely. Every website I visit now, I realize that there are ads everywhere, other companies and people trying to promote what they have. This documentary really impacted my way of thinking and how i view the internet now.
    3) I think this documentary would be a great thing to show 9th graders because they’ll become more aware as to how social media works and where their money and time is going. They won’t be foolish and will actually begin to understand the truth.

  28. 1: I think my biggest “what?” moment would be knowing that celebrities and every well known person on social media is given a time when to post things. It caught me off guard knowing that it’s not actually them its people telling them when and where to do things or post things on their social media. It was a big what! For me because it is nice to know that your favorite celebrity is posting something on their own, it kind of bothered me because some people look up to their idols and knowing that sometimes the things they post aren’t all true can be misleading.
    2: My views on social media did change a bit after watching this documentary. I use to think that being on social media was a good time & a place where you could get to know someone but it’s not that way what so ever. It’s actually unreal how much people care about their look on other people, they spend hours on end trying to think of the RIGHT caption for their photo and the perfect filter for it but in reality you’re adtually not showing the real you, if you have to think and spend forever trying to edit pictures you’re obviously not being true to yourself if you have to edit something of your own. It changed my mindset on social media because I never realized how much of an impact it has on each and everyone’s lives.
    3: I personally think that it would be very effective for a pack of new grade 9’s to see this documentary. I’m in grade 12 and im just realizing now how social media actually is, if grade 9’s new how social media is they would have a whole new perspective on social media & it could maybe change the way us people today act towards social media.

  29. My biggest “what?” moment was when they said that likes were social currency, but then it turned into an “aha!” moment as I came to realize it was very true in a way. My view of social media progressed to an even stronger dislike because of the amount and energy we put into our personal accounts on these websites just to get little back, such as the girl who spent hours on her laptop to get ‘sparks’ that is worth nothing in reality. I don’t think it would impact the lives’ or thoughts of the majority of grade nines because they are so influenced by their peers that their opinion on the video wouldn’t last and it wouldn’t carry over into how they manage their lives.

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