Social Media’s Role in World Events

Social network is something very unique to our generation. Most of us use this digital tool every single day of our lives, but we may not understand the importance and mark it can leave every moment we use it. Social networks allow us to contact our friends and family instantaneously, while also keeping up with their lives according to viewing their posts in different forms (video, text, likes, etc.). Some of the most important things I have viewed through social media during my life was news regarding the Egyptian revolution and the horrific situation in Aleppo, Syria.

I remember being in 7th grade one Friday morning, and hearing my fellow Egyptian classmates cheering as the ‘revolution’ just occurred and Mubarak resigned. My teacher, in response, discussed the importance of social media for this revolution. Mubarak and the government shut down the Internet, which served as an important location to protesters. Having their voice taken away from them, Twitter and Google teamed up to allow users in Egypt to leave voice messages on their phones and tweet them with a #Egypt. Through these tweets and subsequent events, the Arab Spring revolution began.

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When the crimes and destruction in Aleppo began a couple months ago, I was completely unaware to what Aleppo really was, and the impact it had on its people and history. I only learned of the situation and updates in Aleppo through using Facebook and reading articles shared and posted by friends. There was hardly any media coverage of the Aleppo situation when it first began. I only see now that it is starting to gather publicity, which is completely unfair to the innocent victims in the civil war. I hope that social media continues to educate millions of people through its articles and sources of accurate information regarding important world events.

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Social Networks Connect Us All

Social networks are basically the “market squares” of today. Social networks have completely erased the necessity of physical social interaction with social interaction through ever-expanding networks. Social networking sites, be it Facebook, Twitter, or even Snapchat have made strides to connect not only teenagers, but every age group. Families are interconnected between countries, no distance can separate anybody with social networks.

With myself, I have many relatives in my home country of Poland. Before I ever made an account on a social networking website, the only real communication I had with my distant relatives was if I had gone to Poland to visit that. Social networking has allowed me to connect with my relatives across the ocean with not only ease, but efficiency. Social networks connect people in ways that were though unimaginable but a few decades ago

The amazing thing about social networks is that they bridge the gap of distance. Today we are able to communicate with anybody anywhere, which brings the extreme amount of communications and information transfer around the world. Because of social networks, ideas are forming and are constantly being put into use. We owe so much to social networks because they allow for overall human improvement. Without social networks, our world would only be a fraction of what it is now.

 

 

The Significance of Social Networks

In today’s generation, the majority of students are able to connect with one another through the wonderful world of the Internet and all that it has to offer. Social networks provide students with an easier way to interact with each other for any reason. Through social media and various applications, people are able to stay connected with each other, something that is very important to have in our world today.

The way in which our technological devices and applications are progressing makes it seem as if there are new applications that are becoming popular every week. It plays such a large role in our lives today that many people are putting a large portion of their personal lives on their accounts. By doing this, it puts them at a larger risk of being hacked, cyberbullied, or attacked. Although social networking allows people to get closer to one another through sharing information on news feeds, posting photos of recent events, or obtaining information through various news sources, social media has its positives and its negatives, something that all users should be conscientious of.

Social Networks as a Weapon

Most teenagers currently are obsessed with social media, whether it be on a computer or smart phone. With multiple, and a growing amount, of social network platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, teenagers are spending a huge amount of time constantly updating and checking these platforms. However, while social media is mostly used for communication between friends, family, or updates on celebrity lives, many people use it as a weapon as well. Some people put threats on social networks, and strangers can get one’s information much easier with people putting personal information on their profiles. If one is careful they can avoid this, but many people still are being attacked and threatened with social media, leading to social networking being both beneficial and detrimental.

With the younger generation constantly on social networks, many people have taken to cyber bullying as a way to hurt people and make them feel harmed. For example, instead of students getting in trouble for physical bullying at school, some students will personally offend others online. This has become a serious issue with the rise of social media, and is still constantly happening today. Another harm that social networks bring are threats to specific people, schools, businesses, or even general cities. For example, with the clown sightings recently, there have been multiple “clown” accounts threatening people and schools, saying that they will attack a specific institution at a specific time. Ordinary people are feeling scared and threatened due to these accounts, whether they be real or not. Another example can be ISIS threatening and showing violence on social network platforms. Some predators also use social networks to receive personal information, which can be very easy to access if one does not make their accounts private. While sharing information can lead to communication with regular people, others use this as a tool for violence and can be harmful in a much easier way.

If one is not safe and shares too much personal information on social networks, that person can be in serious danger. Many people lurk social networks waiting for people to be vulnerable to attack, and thus those people could be in serious danger. Social networks should not be a place for violence, but unfortunately some people are not safe with what they share on these platforms, and start to be in danger with others. Unfortunately, the social media companies can not necessarily change these settings to make people’s information much more private; it is the user’s responsibility to make sure that they know who they are friends with online, and how much information they share to the public. Social networks can be used as a serious tool for violence, and with the constant evolution and rise of different platforms for sharing information, one has to make sure they are extremely safe and invulnerable to attack.

Too much of anything is bad

As the axiom usually goes, too much of anything is not good. Social media and its effects have not been undocumented. From the rise in phones in schools, to more people on phones will driving we can clearly see how social media has taken a toll on us. As a society we try to figure out different ways to connect, re-invent, and socialize, but when does enough become enough. I believe that soon social media will do more harm than good, as more people are inclined to join these new social medias.
For example, the advent of snapchat has led to more people recording the moment rather than actually enjoying it. Often times people are asked to repeat their actions for social media. When did we lose the moments where we can really just connect with the people around us and not involve our phones. It’s important to remember how this one application used to connect people has distanced many.
Lastly, many of these applications have been used for bullying and negative impacts. The important connections are now being severed for the image on social media. People must achieve the highest amount of likes to stay relevant. The whole world of competitive likes, and social status has produced a new generation where filters and comments and captions mean more than the people in the photo.

The Significance of Web 2.0

Today’s modern world revolves around the Web and the Internet. It is an essential item for every individual to survive in the 21st century. It allows us to do anything we want and more: communicate, entertain, publish, share, and many other actions. For most people, the Internet plays a large role in our daily routine, whether it deals with work, school, or for leisure. With the majority of schools and universities incorporating the Web and the Internet into their studies, the evolution of the Web never ceases to astound people at its significance, compared to what it used to be. Between college and my hobbies, I am constantly associated with the Web and the Internet, and all that it has to offer. It has changed my perspective on how the world functions, and it has impacted my life greatly.

I started using the Web and the Internet on a regular basis towards the end of middle school, when I received my first “smartphone.” I started learning about all of the useful applications that would help me with school and my studies in computer science when I went to high school. As more applications that were designated towards social media and entertainment purposes started to come out, more and more people began to spend more time on the Web and the Internet, myself included. As I got more accustomed to my time on the Internet, I started encouraging my friends and family to start using it, as it was something that had gained popularity. It has always been a major part of my life since I first started using it, and I am positive it is something that will stay important to me for a very long time, until something overtakes the Web — possibly Web 3.0.

Wikipedia – the #1 website all teachers hate

The Internet has been a part of my entire life. I may not have appreciated it when I was young, but as I grew up and examined the world from a screen, I realize I lived a privileged life. Having access to the Internet, especially Web 2.0, gave me the opportunity to read numerous blogs and websites filled with information. One website in particular, Wikipedia, impacted my educational life for the better and worse.

I remember attending middle school, hearing several teachers lecture my class about how Wikipedia was not a credible source. We all complained and demanded a reason, because anyone who had visited the site would understand how grand of a source this website/encyclopedia was. I, with my fellow classmates, learned that anyone could edit the Wiki articles. Rules have changed throughout the years about who can gain access to edit articles, etc; but it still was a fantastic website to learn about new information.

Whether it’s electric eels or the history of the Democratic party, Wikipedia can bring a wide variety of knowledge to anyone who accesses it. I still look forward to visiting this website when I plan on learning about a new topic. A tip for some skeptical users is to analyze an topic in a Wikipedia article and visit the source to see if it is reliable (sources for different points in Wikipedia articles are in the form of footnotes).

Web 2.0, The World, and I

Ever since the beginning of the revolutionary idea “Web 2.0”, connection flourished. The internet was no longer one-sided when it came to communication. With Web 2.0, everyone can connect with each other and information spread quickly. Web 2.0 sparked connections between people thousand of miles away and brought people together in the matter of seconds. It is no surprise that as a 18 year old college student I frequently use the internet. I grew up with the internet. The internet has always been there for me whether it was to relax or cite for an essay. With Web 2.0, social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter connect people all around the world. They let people share ideas and make connections.

With Facebook I personally was able to branch out and explore the world from the small monitor in my room. I was able to join social groups, participate in events in high school, and of course, express my interests and hobbies. Although I never experienced it, Web 1.0 did not have these capabilities. Web 2.0 ushered in a new age of “crowd sourcing”. With crowd sourcing, everyone contributes in sharing and viewing of information. In many of my classes in high school we use Web 2.0 practically every time we access the internet. We had online dictionaries, website for automatic citation, thesauruses, etc. Overall, Web 2.0 made the world more efficient in terms of communication. Without Web 2.0 today, the very foundation of society would crumble since this giant world-like hard drive would disappear.

 

Our Web – Everyone’s Two Cents

Before Web 2.0, the vast majority of information available to the common person was that which had been disseminated to the masses by a select few. These few, these ‘information elite’ if you will, therefore had a huge, if indirect, influence on the way people thought and perceived the world around them – in other words, the few essentially dictated the worldview of the many. Now, to be fair, that puts a considerably more sinister spin to it than may be warranted by the reality of the situation. The information elite usually reached their position by virtue of their being  especially qualified in their respective fields, and the information that they passed down to everyone else was, therefore, most likely completely reasonable, and not delivered with any kind of malicious intent at all. But still, the fact remains that the flow of information, no matter how accurate and reasonable said information may or may not have been, was extremely narrow and controlled.

Then, of course, came Web 2.0, and everyone, everyone, got a say. The flow of information was no longer a narrow, controlled stream, but had become a surging river of data, with every user able to contribute their knowledge, their opinions, their views, their two cents. Information had ceased to reside solely in the hands of the information elite. It lived now in the hearts and minds of millions of users, carried through seas of wire to live forever in this vast repository of humanity we call the Internet. Information would never be the same.

So what has this done for us? Well, that’s a question with a lot of answers. Information is more available, certainly. Oceans of opinions and views, complementing and opposing each other as they twist and dance across the Web are available in all of their nuance to any who care to look for them. Knowledge is available in multitudes unparalleled in human history. We form communities of like-minded individuals to share our experiences and views with, and together create wholes mightier than any one of us. To the thinking of some, we have also corrupted the integrity of knowledge and discourse by taking the reins from those most qualified to handle such things and handing them to anyone with a keyboard, qualified or not, and there is possibly merit to such a view. But to me, all of this can be summed up in one idea:

This is the Web of all of us. It belongs to me, and it belongs to you, and it belongs to everyone else. There are parts of it that I love, parts of it that I hate, parts of it that I’ve never seen and parts of it that I’ve seen too much. But it’s all mine. It’s all yours. It’s ours.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m going to put in my two cents.

“Social” Networking

In today’s day and age, social networks are universal among the younger generations. To find someone without a Facebook or Twitter is not only uncommon, but rare. Social networking has, and continues, to alter socialization. It is often argued that these networks are detrimental to human interaction. They interfere with face to face communication, change the definition of friendship, and catalyze negative events that would render obsolete without online socialization.

On the other hand, social networking heavily increases the amount of available information and socialization options. News is capable of being spread at record speeds, which can be positive or negative depending on the situation. While many complain about younger children using these tools, they are actually able to supply them with unlimited information regarding current world events and people of like age groups with similar interests. Overall, social networking possesses more positives than negatives, and the allowance of rapid information and online interaction is one that will continue to prosper with online interaction.