By Mike Laurie You follow him on Twitter mikelaurie. Over the last 10 years, we've seen social media galvanize thousands over politics, create as many industries as it has destroyed, and offer an abundance of visual and audio entertainment. But has all this incredible change actually changed us, or just the world we live in?
How to Write a Summary of an Article? Social media has the both the potential to perpetuate the erosion of our sense of community, and equally to influence and extend a less secular sense of community.
Logic suggests that, in this context, to erode is not solely to diminish but rather to change. It would be dogmatic to state that social media does not have the capacity to provide a positive and more global context to our sense and understanding of community. While this concept is changing; social media is simply a symptom of this, not the cause.
There is the potential for it to perpetuate the short-comings of a more isolated ND globalizes society but it also has the power to enhance our connectedness and ignite a better understanding of humanity and equality.
Which way it goes will be determined by how we, as a society, use it. Community is a fluid, every changing concept that has a perpetual relationship with society and its values as a whole.
As society changes, so the concept of community is also changing. In an ever turning world, society evolves through changing values and views that flow through into how we interact and are influenced by norms and ideas Turner B S deed For the repose of this paper one finds it imperative, not only to define a traditional place centered definition of community, but also to consider how this definition has evolved to now be centered around the meaning that human beings have inter-twined with community rather than simply the functional structure of community.
The debate about the balance between individual interest and the common good for all is well documented in literature about community through the ages. Perhaps with changes in glance of autonomy and the collective in modern society, more importance is moving toward that of the individual.
Recognition of these tensions by scholars has, in part, led to the discourse on community studies that encompasses ore than a functionalist or formalist concept of community as a physical locality.
Like any other social construct, community has a symbolic dimension as well Cohen For the purposes of describing and examining social media as online communities this distinction is of paramount importance. The environment, the terrain, the industry of a community all define or frame the notion of a community.
The human element imparts the meaning to our communities.
This definition emphasizes meaning over structure and highlights that the underpinning constant in our idea of community is the meaning both individuals and society in general perceive it to be — and not its physical state. Community as a concept is determined by the perspective of society and its culture at a certain point on the time and space continuum.
Traditional communities have always evolved through cycles of development as new technologies and services that have been introduced. The arrival of electricity, the railways and the telephone have all impacted on the way we perceive community and the way we as individuals interact within it.
At the time communities become more connected and urban, peasant societies were declining and city life was seen as exemplifying the decay of oral culture, traditional morality and family ties but not necessarily as causing it Cones, S.
Social media as both a by-product of and an accelerator of social change must logically be seen as more than eroding our sense of community but rather changing with it and helping it to evolve. In western culture, a more individualist and autonomous drive is emerging and social media is perpetuating this drive.
Whether this change in itself is erosion is to be left o the philosophers and ethicists of the social sciences to debate, the facts are that with change comes some sort of diminishing of some factors but not without the enhancement or even creation of others.
In the modern age, the necessity for physical involvement with those geographically close to you is clearly diminished. This has led to a tension between lost opportunities for face-to-face communication and the ever broadening horizons accessible through social media.
It is likely that Sociologist will seek to measure the ways it could change our construct of community rather than examining how it has changed our notions in the hopes of minimizing the negative impacts of how we are using social media Keen, A.
In addition pursuing an understanding and interaction with differing others, a strong and aslant ideal within our culture, while still giving prevalence to our face to face interaction will have a balanced outcome on society.
The amplification of the scope of our interaction is possibly the most amazing element of change that social media has exemplified and perpetuated. Clearly these are all huge enhancements to our sense of community, not only does it enhance our connectedness with others it also enhances the potential for direct action by citizens — either for political reasons or to marshal support for local and international issues of importance — environmental, human rights and economic development.
Recent movements such as the world wide action to stop the destruction of palm oil forests in Malaysia, that were organized through online channels anon,or the use of mobile phones to stream videos of violence against citizens in the uprising of the Arab Spring show the power of modern communications in a connected world.
Access to so much has been amplified through our increased connectedness that has emerged through social media, from access to other individuals and their ideas to more varied social groupings and formal education.
Greater access to information, education and ideas increases the opportunity for many and it is through this lens that it can be seen that social media has the ability to enhance social equality.
Individuals no longer need to be so isolated — there are kindred spirits actively seeking connection through social media channels -feelings of helplessness or futility in trying to fit or change the way things are can be moderated and sometimes eliminated. Social media channels open up the possibility of free and uncensored discussion about thoughts and feelings.
Social Edie can also enable new alliances and support networks to emerge and flourish. Our capacity to connect to like-mind others, especially as counter to those who would suppress the truth, and provide a voice citizens to speak the truth openly and marshal support for difference — in thinking and believing is enormous anon, The pressing questions for current researchers in the social sciences will include how to further remote the enhancement of connectedness and sharing of ideas and views while still maintaining a level of face to face communication and learning.Living on social networks means performing one’s profile, and indeed multiple profiles, almost all the time.
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Without the benefit of body language, we are operating with a major deficit. People’s perception that technology and social media are eroding our civility also reflects the fact that the technological changes are still fairly new to us, according to Chow-White. “Technology and social media are still a source of anxiety for people,” he said.
Jan 07, · Susan Greenfield thinks that social networking is turning us into babies, shrinking our attention spans, our ability to empathize, and eroding our identity. She even suggests a . Living on social networks means performing one’s profile, and indeed multiple profiles, almost all the time.
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