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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-30-2016, 02:02 PM
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My comment was to point out..

The younger generation including myself, needs to turn down the noise so we can hear what's important

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Social media is here to stay as much as it does frustrate me sometimes it is going to be a necessary evil.

But how would someone in agriculture stand up for farmers?
Yeah the "walking away" comment was tongue-in-cheek. I doubt that would heppen, although I wouldn't be surprised if facebook or twitter eventually lose their appeal and society moves on to the next fad.

In post #10 I suggested taking it to the young people in the classroom. Get them before they have too many pre-determined opinions. Once they are in college they are probably lost for a bit until some maturity kicks in at 30+ years old. So maybe since that 20-something demographic tends to know-it-all, and they are the primary facebook users, maybe it is a waste of time??? For the 20-something's reading this I am making sweeping generalizations for the purpose of taking a very broad view of things here, don't be offended.

I also am not claiming to completely understand the dynamics of facebook because, as stated earlier, I am not part of it. It is useful though to periodically take a step backwards and evaluate how and why we do what we do. Maybe my comments here can stimulate that and be of some use to those people. My opinion could also be worth what you paid for it though...


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Finally

On a more positive note: At least this stupid facebook thread has bumped the "Rent walkouts point to strains in US farm economy" down to second place on the homepage......after nearly a year!

Has to be the most useless home page of all time.

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My wife teaches a 4H horse club close to Saskatoon... a good healthy mix of farm kids, city kids, acreage kids, and every other kid from wealthy to poor families.

You know what strikes me? They all have cell phones. We're talking about "tweens" here... not old enough to think for themselves but already on facebook, twitter, instagram, and the like.


What do you think they believe more? What some boring teacher in school tells them, or what the Memes, stories, pictures on their "walls" say? People like to believe people they know... friends, family - first.


If you want to discredit these yuppies, which you refer to as "media" (and as you guessed, I call yuppies), we need to do it on platforms kids (well, next generation) actually uses... The new generation doesn't even have regular TV anymore... And I can guarantee you they don't read forums like this one...


I hate to say it, but even these boards are starting to slowly die...There's a lot of members from here that don't post anymore, or very rarely... but they are super active on Twitter/Facebook/etc. There's Farming groups, trucking groups... on twitter hashtags like #plant15, #harvest15... #westcdnag, #farm365.

Will the platforms evolve? For sure. Myspace was the first one out of the gate and it's pretty much obsolete....

Youtube is another good one to use for public education, and to get the debate going....


"It's not about organic vs. conventional ag - or organic vs. gmo, or vegan vs. meat eater. It's about having the freedom to choose what and how you want to eat, and allowing farmers to produce food that fits everyone's belief systems and economic abilities to the highest standards possible".
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Good points. I don't think it's healthy for young kids to be on the internet like that but it seems to be very common.

I'll say it again that I am not as connected as some others on here and my views are more directed at where we need to go in the future to combat the disease of media bias. I still believe that face-to-face interaction has to supersede anything on their phone, or else they aren't human...

I am glad that, for now, you guys are using media to our advantage. I am sure down the road the dynamics of the consumer-farmer relationship will evolve into something we never imagined, through forces we can't predict.

Good discussion, and we had it on a forum!

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Facebook is fine it's the people and the worthless crap they post. I don't care what they are doing every five minutes
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