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Feb. 27, 2012: Fraternity Vigil

 

 

 

 

 

 


March 3, 2012: West Liberty Tornado damage

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dec. 4, 2011: UK Hoops vs. Louisville

Freshman guard Bria Goss jumps to block a pass from a Louisville player during the first half of UK Hoop's home game against Louisville at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky., Dec. 4, 2011. Photo by Brandon Goodwin


Grandparents Gone Wired

This Thanksgiving I made the not-so-astute observation that all the adults were thoroughly connected. Not to each other in deep, enriching family conversation, but rather connected to the Internet.

I noticed my parents surfing on Facebook, uploading photos of family in tryptophan-induced comas. When I couldn’t find the UK basketball game on TV, my grandpa easily navigated to the live stream feed online, commenting on the high-resolution picture quality in contrast to other games he watched earlier that week.

I have four sets of grandparents. All of them have a presence on Facebook. Two sets use Skype fluently. One grandpa has more apps on his iPhone than I do, and I’m kind of an app freak.

But I shouldn’t have freaked out.

Baby boomers accounted for more than 25 percent of all active users on social networking sites in 2010, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. In 2008, people over the age of 50 accounted for only 11 percent of all cyber-socialites.

Compare those numbers to the percent of college-age students, which took a significant decline from 28 percent in 2008 to 16 percent in 2010.

The exact demographic Mark Zuckerberg targeted when founding Facebook has become a minority on it.

And if your grandpappy is still wired on coffee instead of to a keyboard, don’t expect that to last. DoSomething.org launched a campaign to educate grandparents on how to use new technology called “Grandparents Gone Wired.” It plans on rewarding little Jimmy down the street from grandma to teach her how to use her laptop in exchange for sweet iTunes gift cards and other rewards.

With the average Facebook user more likely bound on an express train to a mid-life crisis than an entry-level job opening, perhaps it is time to re-evaluate how youth and young adults view social media.

Growing up with social networks, students have become acclimated to the perception that they were a part of an exclusive club. Now, that club is family friendly.

When teachers and community members would preach to me in high school about “keeping my online profile clean,” I took the advice half-heartedly. I didn’t know who was looking at my profile, unless they liked or commented on a status. If they didn’t like it, oh well.

This is not the case anymore. My family serves as a constant reminder that I’m being watched every time they like a post I know they don’t understand.

I’ve realized our use of social media should be maturing with our age. But even if it does, social networks are getting older faster than we are.

Remember, Facebook is not a party house. It’s your mammaw’s house. And every day is Thanksgiving.

Brandon Goodwin is a journalism junior and Kernel’s web director. Email bgoodwin@kykernel.com.


Nov. 5, 2011: UK Football vs. Ole Miss

Mississippi Rebels quarterback Randall Mackey runs out of bounds during the second half of the UK's home game against Ole Miss at Commonwealth in Lexington, Ky., Nov. 5, 2011. Photo by Brandon Goodwin

A baton twirler performs before the first half of the UK's home game against Ole Miss at Commonwealth in Lexington, Ky., Nov. 5, 2011. Photo by Brandon Goodwin

UK quarterback Maxwell Smith attempts to pass through Mississippi Rebels defensive back Cody Prewitt during the first half of the UK's home game against Ole Miss at Commonwealth in Lexington, Ky., Nov. 5, 2011. Photo by Brandon Goodwin


Oct. 30, 2011: Zombie Parade

A zombie rests on the curb below spectating children before the Thriller Zombie parade, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. Photo by Brandon Goodwin

 

Michael Jackson impersonator Albert Ignacio and more than 1000 zombies do the thriller dance during the Thriller Zombie parade, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. Photo by Brandon Goodwin

 

Zombie softball players lay on the sidewalk in downtown Lexington before the start of the Thriller Zombie parade, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. Photo by Brandon Goodwin

 

A zombie participates in the Thriller Zombie parade, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. Photo by Brandon Goodwin

 

Michael Jackson impersonator Albert Ignacio does the thriller dance during the Thriller Zombie parade, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. Photo by Brandon Goodwin