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Will Social Media Die Like Disco Did?

As reported by NPR.org
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It was the summer of 1979, and disco was taking over the world. Donna Summer, Chic and Gloria Gaynor were at the top of the charts. Just a few months earlier, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack had been named Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards. Radio stations were switching to all-disco formats.
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Steve Dahl, then a 24-year-old disc jockey, was mad. He had been fired from a Chicago radio station when it, too, went all-disco. In his new job at a rival rock station, he took out his frustration by destroying disco records on the air.
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“Back in the day when we had turntables, I would drag the needle across the record and blow it up with a sound effect,” Dahl says. “And people liked that.”
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Pretty soon, station reps and Chicago White Sox promoters had the crazy idea of actually blowing up disco records. The team was averaging just 16,000 fans a game and would have done anything to fill Comiskey Park.
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So, on a muggy Thursday night doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers, fans could bring a disco record and get in for less than $1. What transpired came to be known as “Disco Demolition” and is the subject of Dahl’s new book Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died, co-written with Dave Hoekstra.
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What about Social Media?
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Last week while driving to work I heard a radio DJ complain about the evils of social media and why she thinks it should die…but of course not before giving out her Facebook URL and Instagram account to the listeners.
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As a self-proclaimed Social Media Maven, Boomer who Blogs with a Millennial Mind, I couldn’t help but cringe at her statement, but it did remind me of the statements made by DJ’s in the 70s about Disco.
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However, if we are constantly connected to the Internet with social media becoming more integrated into our daily lives. Everything from driving, shopping, eating, watching smart TVs, to talking to Siri and Alexa in this “social media everywhere era” will it die out or just evolve into something like House Music?  
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Have you heard the phrase “Internet of Things”?
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Let’s Chat: what do you think, will Social Media die like Disco did in the 70s?
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Did you have a myspace account?
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Did you have a Meerkat account?
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Where are my Vine videos?
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