Originally Posted by take everything
This is without doubt the "social" age.
Just wanted to get opinions on the whole social media phenomenon and more broadly the "socialisation" of everything nowadays.
There is a lot about this that interests me.
Privacy vs publicity (i guess that's the term): Privacy seems to be fast becoming almost a quaint concept. There seems to be a constant pressure to divulge more and more. What are the merits of this.
Relationships: Deep, meaningful and few (reality) vs Superficial, usually meaningless and many (eg facebook). Again, what are the merits of each.
The value of popularity and how social media has amplified this.
What social media does for people: Psychologically (in terms of ego, sense of self). How social media kinda subverts the traditional celebrity hierarchical model (now everyone is a legend in their own lunchtime- and update us on their latest bowel movement
). Ok the last bit is a bit facetious but hopefully you get what i'm saying.
People as product: ultimately people (and their data) are the product here. This ties in with the privacy thing. Google do the same thing i suppose. But again, the merits of this?
What is the future of social media. Is it here to stay or is it a fad?
Also, what are the real positive uses of social media
Social media are definitely here to stay, and they need careful, and critical analysis.
I think the fact that they are primarily used by younger people indicates a lot. Older folk (like me) probably don't have as much of a need for ego massage. Much of what I see on FB is ego massage. I think folks use FB to paint anodyne pictures of their lives.
How often do you see people posting on social media about negative events in their lives?
This is one of the ways that the social media change how we interact with others. They have established a new convention: that we must only communicate the wonderful things that are happening to us.
I don't know to what extent this new convention pervades real life, or if it is a good thing. My personal opinion is that it is not a good convention. I don't believe it is a healthy way to represent your life to others.
This is probably a massive subject really.
There are so many existing issues, present and future, to be looked at. Probably the most obvious one is how much do the social media (and by extension, others) actually know about you? How confident are we about our privacy?
Recently, I signed up to an academic site. The site asked me if I wanted to use a profile picture. I said no. When I completed the signing up process - lo and behold, up comes my FB profile picture.
I found that worrying.
Another worry is the lack of diversity or the tendency towards monopolies.
I think we have to bear in mind the old adage 'Absolute power, corrupts absolutely.'