Is Social Media Hurting Society

If I asked an entire classroom full of college students who had any social media accounts, I can guarantee that most of them would raise their hands. Going beyond that, most of those students would probably check yes to having multiple accounts as well. Our entire generation is the social networking generation. Everything we do is behind a screen. Social media gives us a way communicate quickly and efficiently with one another. I am the first one to admit, I’m on my phone all of the time. I constantly refresh my Twitter feed and Instagram is pretty much my life. Like most people my age, I view my accounts as a representation of who I am. But how much is too much?

Yes having access to everything at your fingertips is great, but there are some serious drawbacks to the way our generation perceives life with social media now. We’re losing sight of who we are as people and instead creating fake (edited) bubbles behind screens. Face to face confrontation is a way of the past. Instead, “subtweeting” is a way to rip someone to shreds while involving other irrelevant parties. Guys and girls don’t ask each other out on dates anymore. Instead, we “DM” each other which turns into “talking”; the fancy way of saying you don’t want to commit. Going even further than that, our confidence level is based off of the amount of likes we get on a photo! Taking a step back, that sounds ridiculous, but it’s the truth.So yes, social media can be beneficial at times, but I truly believe it’s hurting our generation more than we think.

 

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End of Semester Recap

My Topic:

My topic is the influence of the media on society.

My Essays: 

My first essay was my definition essay. In this paper I showed that there was a problem with the media having too much power over how we as a people view incidents that occur and the information we are given about them. My next essay was the proposal essay, which was by far my favorite essay. In this essay I discussed that the government needs to regulate the media industry by creating laws that keep them from invading the personal lives of celebrities as well as withholding information about an event that they have reported on. They also need to have all of the correct information before they report on the issue. My third and final essay was a narrative essay about the riots that occurred in NY after the verdict on the Ferguson trial. I wrote about how my cousin, who is an NYC police officer, was beaten by rioters and hospitalized as a result. I also wrote about how my future career will have me in the limelight of the media and how it is unfair that they take away the privacy of celebrities just so they can make money.

My Research Methods:

A lot of my research was finding news articles on certain events and looking through celebrity tweets and seeing how many followers they had. There wasn’t much historical information that i needed to find in order to write my papers so i didn’t spend much time looking for that type of info. I used sites like CNN, or NBC News to find my articles. I also used magazine articles that depicted celebrity scandals which lead to a downfall in their respective careers. I used magazines such as People and OK! as well as TMZ.

Sources:

Some of my sources were:

https://twitter.com/blklivesmatter – for the aftermath of the Ferguson trial

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/03/04/alicia-garza-black-lives-matter/24341593/ – Also for the Ferguson trial

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/08/26/stars-committed-rebuilding-new-orleans/ – For the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Final Details/Observation:

My perspective on my topic has not changed. I still feel that the media has too  much control over the people. I did learn that the media has a lot more influence than i originally though, which makes it even more awful to see that one industry can have so much control. It is morally wrong to allow media outlets to continue doing what they do. In the future I hope to see that the media gets some sort of backlash and as a result becomes regulated.

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Reflective Blog Post

It was a lot harder than I expected to write my first essay. There isn’t a lot of hard factual research for my topic because it a mostly opinion based subject. This paper was easier than I expect the rest to be mainly because I just had to define what I was researching, but in the future I foresee issues with finding research to back up my stand on the topic.  I am most nervous about finding fifteen sources to complete my annotated bibliography because there isn’t a lot of information out there.

I think in the future I have to work harder on my research in order to be more successful with my topic. I have to  sift through the websites and journals to find articles that help me further understand my topic rather than ones that give opinions on how the media should change the way it reports stories.

First Post: The Influence of the Media

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My topic is how the Media influences society. The media is a powerful industry in todays society. The media pretty much controls how people react to big news that happens in the world. If an event is reported on with a negative connotation then society will think negatively of the event or vice versa. When one industry has this much control it becomes extremely dangerous.

Instead of reporting on an event with an opinion behind it, the media should be objective and unbiased. They should be responsible for giving facts instead of opinions. Let the public decide how to react on their own. This simple change in the media will remove most of their power over society.

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First Blog Post: Research Proposal

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For my research topic I chose to write about Social Networking. There is a lot of controversy around the world about whether social networking is good or bad. Some may say it’s bad because it distracts students from learning, and it decreases their test scores. Others say it actually helps students academically for things such as researching and finding information. I’m interested in this topic because social networking is something I do everyday whether it’s for school purposes or communicating with friends and family.

Many people use Social Networking to find jobs and many opportunities, coaches may use it to look at film for a potential player on their team. All in all there are many different reasons people can use social networking no matter if people find it to be good or bad. These are things I will be researching for my topic how it may or may not be useful/helpful.