Lest We Forget – Social Media Blackout

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly…
– John McCrae

We have all heard John McCrae’s famous poem – In Flanders Fields.  November is a time of Remembrance, in just under a week today at 11:11 on 11/11 it is important to stop, pause, and reflect on those who fought for our freedom.  Where does social media come into play during a day of Remembrance.  I know for myself it usually consists of my profile picture on Facebook being changed to a poppy and some generic status “I Remember those who fought for my freedom. RIP.”  For the Gen Y and Millenials is Remembrance Day a dying a holiday – one that will not be around 50 years from now?

Many people think that today’s young people are so ungrateful for the sacrifices that our grandfathers and great-grandfathers made during WWI & WW2 to fight for our freedom.  Are we able to use social media to reconnect today’s youth with the idea of remembrance on Remembrance Day?  An article I read recently said we should do the opposite.  We should actually have a social media blackout as our time to stop, pause, and reflect.  No Facebook status updates, no tweeting, and no posting to Instagram – is this effective, is this a sign of respect?  Is it not important to keep this conversation going on social media, especially with today’s youth population?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter – I know it could be a contentious one.  However, we have commercialized every other holiday and transformed it on to social media – should we or can we do this for Remembrance Day as well?

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  1. Pingback: Social Media Does Help Us Remember | Come Home for the Holidays

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