Social Media and the News

Kony2012

In our previous posts we have talked about why it’s good to disconnect from social media and other cons of sharing our lives online. In this post I’m actually going to write about one of the things I think is great about social media and that’s the ability to get worldwide news and learn about events/disasters very quickly. I personally never watch the news nor do I read newspapers so I always learn about current events through Instagram or Tumblr. Social media has changed the way we find out about news, how we react to it, how we research it and question its validity, and it has increased the amount of news we are exposed to daily. A great example of this phenomena is Kony 2012, an online campaign that was started through a YouTube video to raise awareness on the conflict happening in Uganda. The video became the most viral video of all time with 3.7 million people pledging their support to stop the violence in Uganda. With this sudden raise in awareness people started to look into the matter and some still support this campaign, but others state that the video lacks validity. A quick search on YouTube for Kony 2012 yields videos supporting both sides of the argument with each side presenting compelling points.  Kony 2012 shows that social media can connect and inform the world and help make a positive change, but like everything else it should be taken with a grain of salt.

Vicky

 

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