Social Media may not be as great as many people seem to think

          The  most peculiar development of the last few decades to me will always be social media. It never really gelled with me as I don’t particularly care about how many “friends” I have and keeping up with everything that goes on with social media is a pain. That opinion however is a minority opinion in today’s world (Lenhart, 2015) where social media may even determine whether you might get hired or fired in case should someone find something you post “offensive” (Ryan Broderick and Emanuella Grinberg, 2013 & “14 Canadians who were fired for social media posts – Workopolis”, 2015). In other words within the last decade or so, mass social media adoption has caused a sharp increase in nihilism among what are now adults who will vote and shape the future among the world (“MercatorNet: Does modern technology promote pop culture nihilism?”, 2015). To me personally that doesn’t sound like the recipe for a successful future.

          There has been a drastic decrease of shared pain worldwide after World War II. The issues that would in the past have been solved by spilling blood, are solved by the United Nations through and the European Union by contract deals. While this did indeed makes Europe a safer place, in the long run it robbed the Europeans of their teeth as all of them significantly reduced their militaries and solved a majority of their problems through laws instead.

          Consequently social media rose out of the ashes but as of recently has been acting very authoritarian. Censoring any positive conservative news, banning people who have conservative viewpoints and manipulating their users emotions without consent BECAUSE SCIENCE! (“Forbes Welcome”, 2014). What we see in the coming rubble though is smaller sites like minds and vidme that, for now at least, have learnt the harsh truth of forsaking the free speech for a place where no one will be hurt and everyone will always laugh and smile.

 

References:

 

14 Canadians who were fired for social media posts – Workopolis. (2015). Workopolis. Retrieved 6 April 2017, from

http://careers.workopolis.com/advice/14-canadians-who-were-fired-for-social-media-posts/

 

Forbes Welcome. (2014). Forbes.com. Retrieved 7 April 2017, from

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2014/06/28/facebook-manipulated-689003-users-emotions-for-science/#32309474197c

 

Lenhart, A. (2015). Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015. Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech. Retrieved 6 April 2017, from

http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/09/teens-social-media-technology-2015/

 

MercatorNet: Does modern technology promote pop culture nihilism?. (2015). MercatorNet. Retrieved 6 April 2017, from

https://www.mercatornet.com/connecting/view/15479