Essay on Social Media

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There is a continuing tension between different groups of aboriginals in Australian society perhaps exemplified by the rivalry between the sophisticated urban person identifying as aboriginal Larissa Berendt (a Harvard educated legal academic) and Bess Price a traditional aboriginal woman in late 2011. Berendt was betrayed by a tweet that offensively described Price. This tweet found its way almost immediately onto the front page of the Australian and she was forced to withdraw.

Another remarkable use of the social media was the altercation between supporters of the Aboriginal tent embassy in Canberra and the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. Bizarrely some of the Prime Minister’s staff were implicated but the result was an embarrassing retreat by them ordered by security. This all occurred in a very short period of time.

In the upcoming social world, mobiles for all generations have become a necessity. Mobile phones used to be a device that could “make and receive calls over a radio link whilst moving around a wide geographic area”. However recently, the mobile phone has become one of the fastest growing segments of the technology souk. Its disrupted the freedom of privacy of the human race and phones in most cases throughout first world countries have become essential, to the point where most people couldn’t imagine life without (personal and private) them.

As social networking continues to grow, technology advances along with the obsession to remain in contact with people one hundred percent of the time. Not only are mobile phones one of the sole providers for social media but they have become a device for news gathering and dispersal. This digital age of media that we now live in has made it that much easier to communicate news; it has opened doors that were never previously possible to be opened. Mobile phones allow us to be in touch with emergency and personal issues instantaneously.
Most phones in the 21st century enable people to do almost anything on their phone, whether it’s checking your bank balance, tweeting or simply checking what is happening in the world at the moment.
During a lecture that took place at the London School of Economics, Wardle who was taking the seminar said, “that she believed news organisations would soon be paying citizen journalists to use their content.” She then went on to discuss the fact “that social media’s greatest advantage lay in having access to so many different voices and angles for each news story. This was changing consumer expectations of news forms, she said: “You’ve got generations growing up that aren’t necessarily thinking ‘the BBC is where I have to get my news from’ because they’ve got news from everywhere else. That’s why the news organisations are really worried.” (http://xcity-magazine.com/2012/04/will-social-media-replace-traditional-news-sources-online-editors-highlight-its-advantages/)
One of the key benefits of digital media would be the significance placed on interaction and participation within these social networking sites and devices. While conventional methods of communication can be considered a one-way street, communicating through digital devices encompasses this internet addicted generation connecting and interacting through topics posted and discussed online (whether its news or simply interacting with friends or family) (http://www.mercurynews.com/campbell/ci_20159507/social-media-changing-way-we-communicate)
Its become evident in this day and age that the power of the people, there has become an unstoppable force of online media sources, news reporters and journalists turned to sites such as Facebook, twitter and YouTube for photos and videos of current news avenues. Sites like these cannot possibly be silenced when big events like the English riots occur. Conventional media relies on the people around the world for public and significant. Whenever a major controversial event happens the search engines like Google allow…