Fly “Falcon Heavy” Fly

Getting ready to write my second blog post, to be honest, I still had hard time figuring out which topic I should write on. Yes, I definitely thought of talking about Super Bowl 52 after the Philadelphia Eagles’ historic first Super Bowl win on Sunday. I also had a small house party with my friends at my home, getting excited to see the beginning of the Patriots Dynasty, and then feeling dismal for the loss in the end. Social media feeds on my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter were covered with live game coverages.

Moreover, how quickly social media responded to every second of game was very intriguing. For example, the NFL’s Instagram page posted the picture of Brady getting strip-sacked right after the final play of the game. 8 minutes later, as far as I saw on my phone (see the screenshot I attached), ESPN app told the breaking news on the Eagles winning the game. This was the moment I witnessed strong social media presence of sports. With all those quick updates, vivid images and highlights from the game, I thought many people would have watched Super Bowl through social media platforms alone. 1DAA6980-CDBB-4204-BA94-5CA0A3BBB7C3.PNGFollowing Super Bowl Sunday, social media has been filled with stories from Super Bowl. What is next for Pat with Belichick and Brady? Did we just see the last game from Gronk? Why Malcom Butler did not play a single snap? How should the Eagles handle their QB situation next season? I also saw several clips of enthusiastic Eagles fans going wild in the streets of Philadelphia. Furthermore, a number of blog posts were about Super Bowl.

At the time when I was about to join the line, the new topic popped up on my Twitter feed: “Space X launching Falcon Heavy Successful. LIVE COVERAGE.” I immediately clicked the link out of curiosity and began to watch the live coverage. If I did not see it on Twitter, I would have heard about it few hours after the launch. Frankly speaking, I don’t read news every time, but I am on social media all the time. When I wake up, for instance, the first thing I do is checking Instagram. Am I a social media addict? Probably not. However, it is true that I get to know what is going on around the world from social media very often and so easily.

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It goes back to the point where I said that many people would have watched Super Bowl via social media. In fact, one of my friends, who does not follow American football at all, and does not care much about Super Bowl (Yes, those exist, especially when they are NOT from US) said she knew it was Super Bowl Sunday after seeing my Instagram story. Then, she watched a full highlight on Facebook out of curiosity. The launch of Falcon Heavy was the case for me. I did not know about it until I saw the tweet. While watching the live coverage, I searched about it and soon I realized I was missing significant milestone.

In the business perspective, Elon Musk as a founder of Space X obviously benefited by the social media platform, particularly from individuals like myself. Thanks to social media, I encountered with Elon Musk’s great accomplishment with his company, Space X. It was the dramatic change in my perspective of him because I just found out him selling dangerous flamethrowers on Twitter. No matter the news is good or bad, words spread so quickly on social media. Elon Musk could not hide the fact he was selling flamethrower and being a troublemaker. On the other hand, he showed the entire world what he has accomplished after launching the biggest and most powerful rocket ever. By midnight, or even sooner, I will “like” and “retweet” the image of a Tesla Roadster floating around the space on Instagram, Facebook, and Tweeter.

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Hence, both NFL and Space X have successfully utilized online platforms to make people watch and share their special events. It ties into the main objective of our class: Why social media is so crucial in today’s crucial events? The answer is simple. Things go VIRAL, meaning “relating to or involving an image, video, piece of information, etc., that is circulated RAPIDLY and WIDELY from one INTERNET USER to another, by its definition on Google. At the same time, trends of topics also change so quickly day by day, even hour by hour. Everyone was saying “Fly Eagles Fly” to celebrate the newest champions until afternoon, but now all I see on the Internet is historic launch of Falcon Heavy (and I would describe it “Fly Falcon Heavy Fly”).

Wait a second, did you all knew that Carson Wentz just got engaged with his girlfriend earlier today? If not, blame Elon Musk for taking over your social media feeds so fast!

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p.s. Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Wentz!

5 comments

  1. kylepdonley · ·

    I agree it is amazing how quickly social media reports on live news. It makes me think of how social media has helped inform the world in real-time of important political and humanitarian events like the Arab Spring. It can be a powerful tool, but just as you said, it can also distract you and it makes me wonder if over time it will be less useful as a tool for those in need due to the noise generated by events like the Superbowl or SpaceX news.

  2. RayCaglianone · ·

    Congrats to Carson! Upon reflection, it’s pretty amazing to think about the amount of important U.S. and international news that I heard about first through Facebook or other social media platforms. I definitely try to keep up with traditional news outlets like NY Times and the Wall Street Journal, but when Facebook or Twitter has the story in literally seconds it makes the rush for breaking news all the more important (and potentially lucrative). I feel like it has shortened our attention spans as consumers of news, since as you said it is always on to the next big story, sometimes just hours after something seemingly world-shattering in importance. Social media has made the news way more accessible and quick, but it’s important that we maintain vigilant in expecting journalistic integrity. The fastest news isn’t always the best.

  3. Keenan Neff · ·

    It is crazy to see how social media is being used during these huge events. I was watching the Super Bowl at my house in Philadelphia and there was a controversial play that was made that needed to be reviewed by the refs. I, along with millions of others, went right to social media to see what the reporters and NFL analysts were saying. I typed in Eagles in my search box and there were thousands of tweets about whether or not Zach Ertz scored the touchdown or not. It was crazy to see. This just shows how whenever something controversial happens, everyone immediately goes to social media to either voice their own opinion or see what others are saying. I think it has become almost an instinct for many people in today’s world to turn to social media whenever something “big” happens in the world, because on social media, you will always have an audience to voice your opinion to.

    That being said, I was in Philly that night and could tell you first hand that the streets of Philadelphia are no more.

    FLY EAGLES FLY!!!

  4. tylercook95 · ·

    Hi I liked reading this blog post, I think the intense coverage of games can be very overwhelming either if you are watching the game or not. For example, I was watching the Superbowl, and I was getting notifications from multiple other sources about the same game that I was watching. It felt like I was being bombarded with the same information over and over, and then when the Pats lost it was rubbed in my face over and over again with score updates from every form of social media. On the plus side with a sport like a basketball, it is really hard for me to watch every Celtics game since there are so many. Here it helps me to get all of the updates and notifications. I enjoy in this case being able to “watch” the game even when I am not able to take the time to fully watch it. We have so much access to sports news and updates it can be tough if you don’t want to see it all.

  5. thebobbystroup · ·

    As some of the Eagles fans mentioned above, there was a lot of controversy where I was watching with some a Philly native. It is no surprise to me that twitter was blowing up. I myself made a Facebook post “Foles 1 – Brady 0” in response to Nick’s touchdown catch. It was also funny to see my Eagle friend taunting Pats fans via social media using taglines from different Super Bowl commercials (e.g. “Nick Foles’ Bleep Don’t Stink”).

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