Before the birth of social media, mainstream media was the main source of news and media content. As the television became a more common device people used, people referred to the evening news and hourly news updates on the air to get their information. However, as social media became a larger sensation and as people … More Mainstream Media Creeping into Social Media
My previous post explored the “information gathering problem” for folks with mental health issues. People with anxiety issues often have to make a decision between staying informed and suffering the effects of a frightening news story. Especially this year, they’re not the only ones suffering from this problem. An October 2016 Politico article described a spike … More Is Facebook Fast Food?
In my Children and Mass Media class, my professor asked the class if any of us have voluntarily left facebook. Multiple people raised their hands. One student was called on to explain why she left facebook, and she replied “I couldn’t deal with the political posts. I just could feel the energy leave me as … More Taking a Break from Facebook Politics
Despite the persistence of the stereotype of Americans as aggressively ignorant, soma-gobbling political neophytes who couldn’t name a supreme court justice with a lifetime supply of Carl’s Jr. on the line, a good number of us still aim to be civically-minded. A 2013 pew research study found that 48% of American adults directly took part in … More Can people who suffer from anxiety disorders get their news on Facebook?
One of the largest communities in the online world exists in the comment section of blogs, YouTube videos, and Facebook posts. The comment section could be considered the place for advice and suggestions, or could be considered the place of war and battles. The community built in the comment section of social media is unique … More The Comment Section
Where were you on Election Day? I was surrounded by a hundred of my classmates, all watching as multiple news sources in our campus center all said the same thing: Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. We were shocked, stunned, unable to say anything beyond words of disbelief. I saw multiple … More The Aftermath
Discussions about social media tend to buy into hyperboles about the supposedly fundamental ways it’s changed how we communicate. Some of these claims seem to have been borne out — like the claim that platforms like linkedin make professional networking easier — while some haven’t. It’s worth looking at social media’s claims to revolutionize the … More Has Social Media made friendship easier?
Attention. Recognition. Interaction. These are things we look for when we use social media services online. When we observe our personal behavior in life and online, there are some similarities, but also many differences. Our presence online and our presence offline seem to have different personalities and that could be because of three words: attention, … More The Yearning for Online Conversation
With the onset of social media, personal memories and thoughts are recorded and evaluated by the interaction with your friends and family. A profile picture change on facebook is commented on by your closest friends, liked by a decent portion of your friend group, and possibly even a share by your grandma who hasn’t quite … More The Power of the Like
Social media has been a growing impact on people in the modern age. As access to mobile and other electronic devices grow, people are more connected worldwide through social media. With more access to such devices and with the growth of the internet, people are becoming more aware and are getting faster access to information. … More The Power of Social Media in Politics #NotMyPresident