What are the current issues involving people and their use of the media?
How does the history of media audience research help us make sense of this?
Facebook, Youtube, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr, Myspace, Instagram, Bebo and so the list goes on.
Isn’t that an issue within itself? Did you know more than 400 million Snaps are sent every day and 8,796 photos are shared on Snapchat every second? Which is also unsettling, and demonstrates the power that these online mediums can portray. This use of media research statistics can provide records to measure the relationship between media and users.
Evidently a vast number of issues within this age of rising technology are due to the unaccountable social media platforms repeatedly dominating our everyday life. As easy as clicking a button gains the attention required from audiences. Posting for followers, likes, views and I mean why not? You could say it’s the way of “feeling better connected” with one another, which is pretty pathetic.
Unfortunately, for some it’s the effortless way to ruin ones reputation. With major concerns to the extent of which people are becoming fixated with media tools, abusing the privilege to voice their opinions especially online. Or are lacking the brain capacity to think about what they’re posting as lamentably there’s a minority that cannot help themselves. Utilizing what they believe is “anonymity” to provoke or torment others to the point of an innocent beings attempting or succeeding in suicide. Statistics show that one in five Australian children aged eight to fifteen have experienced cyber bullying and Paul Fletcher is calling for tougher anti bullying laws quoting “The internet – and social media in particular – can make bullying behaviours more dangerous to victims”.
This vicious cycle that many helpless victims undergo as they are encouraged by these social media platforms to become more public about their private life, becoming more vulnerable. Nevertheless, it’s only likely to backfire and explains the causality of violation to privacy and inevitably increases the risk of produsers becoming targeted and cyber bullied by online trolls.
An example of the inevitable mistake of attempting to create a reaction out of friends online, yet becoming outstandingly recognised for all the wrong reasons is:
Benn Rattray, formerly a contractor at the Gold Coast theme park lost his job due to his careless Facebook posts on Tuesday October the 25th 2016. Just hours after Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low died on the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld.
Informing us of the serious consequences that the use of media can easily manipulate us to do. So I suppose we blame these compulsive social media sites that are becoming more and more readily available to us.
Excuse me now while I go tweet, snap, and Facebook message some more.
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