Social Imagination

Topics: Sociology, Psychology, Question Pages: 2 (707 words) Published: December 26, 2012
Brittney McCoy

“Social imagination”
Have you ever noticed when you tell a friend something whether it is personal or anything in general when it finally comes back to you the message is totally different? According to Carole L. Crumley “Social memory is the means by which information is transmitted among individuals and groups and from one generation to another”. I believe one of society’s greatest strengths is the ability to communicate to one another. What amazes me the most is the fact that we can do so much without ever have to see a person face to face. I have the ability to find out every single detail about a person down to their favorite color or shoe size without ever meeting them. Because of technology information can be transmitted from one state to another or one country to another in less than 2 minutes and information can be saved and passed down to following generations because of technology.

Social memory can be interpreted in so many different ways. I myself can interpret it in about 4 different ways when I think of social memory I think of something that I will eventually want to tell someone else, something that happened in my life that has meaning to me and or a moral. For instance 2 years ago I went to a party that was given by my best friend’s sister in an apartment building located in the Bronx. Everything seemed to be going ok, the party was beginning to wind down and every one was leaving. I was talking with my friend about how we would get home and the next thing I heard was 2 loud shots. My first reaction was to run but my body was frozen I didn’t move until I realized it was my best friends brother who was shot dead only a few feet away from me. This will be a story that I continue to tell because it taught me nothing is promised including life. I told my younger cousin this story, he 16 years old and headed down the wrong path so hopefully by me telling him what I went through and what I seen my friend and her family...
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