The Berkshire Hillsmen, a longstanding barbershop quartet, will perform its Home for the Holidays Barbershop Music Show at Columbia-Greene Community College on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.
The chorus is a part of the Pittsfield, Mass. chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, which is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. The Pittsfield chapter was formed in 1957, and its members are from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Until recently, the chapter met and rehearsed in Pittsfield; a decision was made to move the meeting location to Richmond, Mass., which was physically more central to the members in general. In 2015, the Hillsmen became the first barbershop chorus or quartet to sing at historic Tanglewood, the outdoor music venue in Lenox, Mass.
Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and senior citizens, and are available at the CoGreene campus and the Greene County Council on the Arts in Catskill, or by telephone at (518) 828-4181, extension 0.
How the internet changes our minds
“How does the ideology of neutrality and objectivity relate to the sharing logic and popularity rankings fostered by Facebook and Google?” Djick. 2015. P. 149)
Internet and Social media algorithms have a huge impact on the way we think as they essentially influence public opinion and belief. Algorithms are what populate search results on Google and Bing and trending results on Facebook and Twitter, etc. “Google’s ranking, algorithms have often been questioned in terms of their impartiality, as distinct from the company’s advertising interests.” (Djick 2013 p. 151) Essentially a select few who program the algorithms dictate what the rest of the world should be interested in.
Net neutrality is the way the internet has always worked however as people gain a better understanding of the purpose (and possible misuse) of algorithms they will realize that they are not deciding the stories, topics and information that is trending putting the practice of net neutrality at risk. The people who control the algorithms essentially control what the rest of the internet community and beyond sees. “To be likeable, you must always respect and add value to your community.” (Kerpen. 2015)
How the internet changes our culture
“With the rise of social media, there are concerns many people appear to be substituting virtual, online connections for real-life, social relationships.” (Gallasso, Shelley. 2016) Today the common practice of dating takes place over the internet instead of in restaurants and cinemas. The days of human to human interaction, as a way of meeting potential love interests, is gone as more and more dating sites pop up and people have less and less free time. Because of modern technology people are constantly connected to work, allowing for less and less leisure time which makes peoples’ time “precious”. Dating sites allow people to wade through a prospective dating pool without wasting too much time on them. Virtual dating has become the status quo. People have become so accustomed to communication and building relationships over a screen that the old way of dating (human to human interaction) is becoming an inconvenient and time consuming way of meeting people in the modern dating world. “Growing evidence tools from analyses of online social network site use suggests that these sites have become important tools for managing relationships with a large and often heterogeneous network of people who provide social support and serve as conduits for useful information and other resources.” (Steinfield, C., et al. 2012)
Dijck, José van. The culture of connectivity: a critical history of social media. New York (N.Y.), Oxford University Press, 2013.
Gallasso, Shelley. “Social Media's Impact on Relationships.” Psych Central, 17 July 2016, psychcentral.com/lib/social-medias-impact-on-relationships/.
Kerpen, Dave. Likeable social media: how to delight your customers, create an irresistible brand, and be amazing on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln, Instagram, Pinterest, and more. New York, McGraw Hill Education, 2015.
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