Exercise 1 Social Media in 2017: Progressive or Dangerous

I would argue that social media is progressive and good for society. The new technologies allow individuals and communities to stay informed and communicate with each other at ease. Of course, like anything, there are dangerous aspects to this new world of social media but never the less is for greater good, by far.

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The internet has opened up a new way for people to chat, share, blog, link, news, post, create and participate like never before. This is wonderful as it allows people of all ages and genders to educate and inform themselves of the world we live in. There is a mis conception that social media sites like Facebook are youth orientated. According to the Pew Research Center which provides information on social issues and demographic trend shaping in a recent survey say that the growing number of older adults who are joining Facebook is on the rise and increased by 7 percentage 2015. In addition, the share of Facebook users who check in daily has increased slightly in the past year: 76% of Americans who use Facebook now report that they visit the site on a daily basis, up from 70% in 2015.

Social media is a great way to distribute news, educate people with online tutorials like YouTube, Fantastic marketing exposure, and a new way to view content. More and more people are viewing content online nowadays than ever before. It is a great way for the younger generation to communicate and become informed and educate themselves. It makes them feel part of a community and not an outcast at a particular vulnerable time in growing up.

It was only a short time ago in Ireland when the President, Eamonn De Valera, expressed his concerns of the new media at that time, Radio and Television. He was the first to speak on RTE and talked about the immense power of this new media and felt somewhat afraid. The truth of course was that Ireland was rapidly undergoing a changing society and new media was part of this.

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