The Influence Of Social Media On Politics

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As we grow and develop as individuals, so do our surrounding that shape us. Over the years, the evolution of technology has introduced us to new methods of gaining information. Before social media became widely known and used, came traditional media which consisted of reporter control that limited what kind of news was allowed for public viewing potentially having the news become less diverse. This then introduces New Media, which is composed of digital interactive platforms that provide similar information as traditional media but in a different method. Nowadays social media has become the most common methods for people worldwide receive their information while also creating an impact on their community. But does social media create a positive…show more content…
To bring political awareness, using media provides a platform for organizing action to be taken and voices to be heard. With our current economy and the political challenges that have surfaced, one of the most memorable campaigns that brought significant political awareness was Black Lives Matter. In “How Black Lives Matter Fight the Power,” the author describes how the use of social media has assisted their political movement and grow from an online political issue to a real campaign protest fighting for what they believe in. The author states, “Racism and the struggle against it do not exist somewhere in the distant past; racial activism didn’t end after King and the Black Panther Party. Technology has helped make today’s struggle feel both different from and continuous with the civil rights era. All the terror and greatness we associate with that moment is right in front of our faces, as near to us as our screens.” (,) The media has given people an opportunity to speak for themselves and be heard by the public. Social media had contributed by providing the foundation on how political issues began to grow and push towards bringing political awareness to the…show more content…
Knowing how information can easily be manipulated, it is no surprise that social can cause harm among people. One of the most powerful media platforms being Facebook has taken advantage of its users personal information while also causing controversy by exploiting political information. According to “How Facebook Warps Our World,” the author explains in depth how Facebook manipulate information to be viewed as one-sided to blind its users from seeing the truth, called the “Facebook Effect.” The author states, “The Internet isn’t rigged to give us right or left, conservative or liberal — at least not until we rig it that way. It’s designed to give us more of the same, whatever that same is: one sustained note from the vast and varied music that it holds, one redundant fragrance from a garden of infinite possibility.” (Bruni, 1) Social media causing mental harm towards people who express their voice on the social issue by getting attacked by others who disagree with their opinion. Thus categorizing each topic to be viewed one way or another to have clashed in an argument about who 's right and
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