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I wonder how long, and how horrible a thing it will take, before we understand social media.

Date: 2015-09-05 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thornshar.livejournal.com
About as soon as we figure out society.

Date: 2015-10-22 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollycole1.livejournal.com

What do you mean by understand it?  Isnt it a tool we use?

Edited Date: 2015-10-22 09:28 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-10-23 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angstzeit.livejournal.com
You are correct, it is a tool. But I think it's one we don't really understand and aren't prepared for. It seems so much like things we've done i the past--conversing with friends, getting information about those we know, are acquainted with, and the world. But I think we don't have a real feel for who we're communicating with. A sarcastic exchange that would be harmless with close friends, or in a face to face situation, where the sarcasm is clear, can be totally misconstrued by by others who see this out of context. And the information we receive, often seemingly personal and expansive, is actually usually impersonal and highly filtered.

We tend to put out a skewed (and often misunderstood) version of ourselves (intentionally or not); we receive a mass of information that doesn't reflect reality, but often encourages narrow thinking and an unwillingness to engage with people of differing opinions--especially since those people are often equally or more ideologically isolated.

My point is that social media feels familiar, but is not in many important ways and we haven't developed the understanding and coping strategies to truly safely function in the social media world. I think this problem is having deleterious effects on our cultural attitudes and public discourse.

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