Friday, 16 March 2012

Blog Posting #3 Do you think that social media has the potential to bring about real social change?

I think that this is a very debatable topic. I think that there are many things to support it and there are many things against it.

Some examples for it is that Facebook is such a huge and powerful tool. You can do many things with Facebook. You can talk to your friends and talk to people all over the world with it. If you didn't have Facebook you wouldn't have the ability to talk to your family and friends. An example is i have a 19 year old Uncle who lives in Fiji. We've never met or talked face to face, but with Facebook i'm able to keep up to date with him and I'm able to find out how he's doing. We go on Skype and talk about what he's doing with his life. I got to have a conversation with him that I probably would never have had if it wasn't for Facebook.

Social media also brings people together. Twitter and Facebook allows us to find out breaking news in a matter of minutes. Back in 2010 when the earthquake hit Haiti it was all over the news and social media sites. And everyone knew the devastation of Haiti after the earthquake. There was a lot of campaigns out there asking people to donate money to support Haiti. With Facebook and Twitter people came together and millions of dollars was doninated. Another example is many huge amazing artists came together and recorded the songs "We Are The World". After that song was released to the public, people saw there favourite artists taking part and it motivated them to help out and take part as well.

A negative is that people's social and communcation skills are suffering. I find that now a days that you don't see a lot of people talking face to face anymore. They just talk to people through Facebook, Twitter, e-mails and texting. People find it easier to talk through different social media sites because it's quick, fast and easier. But people don't relieze there communcation skills are suffering and they pick up a lot of bad habits and say a lot of bad things that can get them in a lot of trouble.  

In conclusion i think that this topic is split down the middle. There are many things for it and against it. My blog argues the positives and the negatives of social media bringing real social change.


  1. I agree that social media has many positives and negatives towards society. It allows us to stay connected with each other and even re-connect with lost ones but, it also deteriorates our communication skills as it limits face-to-face conversations.

  2. I have to agree with you Dylan. There is always a bad with a good. Social networking sites have done wonders for people to access news, events and people around the world. But it brings on a change in social skills. People can hind behind a computer and say whatever they want, without punishment because if someone doesn't like the comment they can just delete it. A bad thing would also be bullying. If there aren't many consequences with what is said online, people can say whatever they want. It takes bullying to a whole new level. Especially when sites aren't monitored. But there is also the factor of necessary social skills that online social media does not teach. We are so used to sending quick messages, spelling in a wrong way because it is faster. But what happens on websites is not real life. If you are employed and spell wrong, they wonder if you are right for the job. Also, there is less face-to-face contact, which doesn’t help society.

  3. I agree, it can bring people together, but i like how you say how people dont real talk face to face and such because its true