Social Media's Impact On Social Issue

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In this day and age that we live in, the presence of social media is extremely prevalent in all aspects of life, whether it be in business, sport, and politics or in our personal lives. In all of these aspects mentioned, social media can create awareness about a specific topic by informing and influencing people. But in order to understand the true impact that social media has on creating awareness about social issues, a few definition must first be understood. Firstly, what is activism? Activism consists of the actions to promote or obstruct social change with the desire to make improvements in society. Activism is a great way of getting people to stand up for something and get involved in order to make a real life change. This could include…show more content…
Social media’s biggest asset of having such a massive audience is also its biggest downfall. Many social issues are often blown out of proportion and over exaggerated and within hours a social issue has been created where none existed before. As a result individuals involved who are innocent to an extent, are being victimised by the entire social media crowd which can in most cases destroy that individual. Social media is also notorious for the misrepresentation of information and propaganda. Many blogs have turned into rumour mills, spreading misinformation that people tend to believe just because it’s on the web. Opinion starts to become fact and facts start to become belief. It causes people to think and behave according to what the social media says. Social media can be considered a way of indoctrinating and corrupting people’s…show more content…
I believe it is key to understanding the dynamics of using social media as a tool for awareness in order to fully exploit the power of social media. The social issue that I am currently raising awareness for is the issue of reliable electricity in all homes in Africa. Nowadays, our lives are so dependent on the presence of electricity that we can no longer function without it. Electricity is the fundamental foundation of economic development. In the way it is produced and used, there are two major shortcomings. Firstly, the energy grid system has been very inefficient and secondly, key environmental and social problems have been linked with the downfall of our energy system. These environmental problems are a result of harmful emissions and toxic wastages which destroying unique and delicate ecosystems. I want to urge the readers of this blog to create a larger awareness of the current electricity situation in Africa either through activism or slacktivism. As well as promote the use of cleaner and more sustainable alternatives to produce electricity in order to keep the lights on and preserve our beautiful
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