People access social media via the internet to publicize their brands, products and keep in touch with families and friends. There are great advantages and disadvantages of internet and social media; however reliability issues can arise from information found on the internet and social media.
People who used social media have to be a concern about privacy, their personal information might get hack and share to other companies. Advertising companies can use a person email address to soliciting their products. The government can censor information through regulatory Agencies; congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 1998 and the WIPO, WPPT to cover blogs and websites contents. They also passed the Privacy Act and it is there to protect records that companies can get through a person’s name, social security number or symbol. They also protect against defamation, therefore, a person must be aware of the credibility of the information on the internet. “However, since the Internet is open to any user, anyone with a few dollars can set up a credible sounding website and begin to disseminate false information.” (Lule, J. 2012).
Social media allow users to make an unlimited number of copies of material and people can send them anywhere in the world. Any who is log on to social networking sites has to agree to the Term of service because now a day’s some people can bully others on social media, take the case of Megan Meier. “Lori Drew, a 49-year-old woman, was accused of using a fake MySpace account to convince 13-year-old Megan Meier to commit suicide.” (Lule, J. 2012). ). President Barack Obama took full benefits of social media to reach millions of people during his campaign and continue to reach them after his election and re-election. One major site was Facebook, him and First Lady Michelle Obama set up fan clubs.
Social media is free and gave people a way to express themselves and it is especially important for entertainers, they hire public relation to doing the leg work for them. The more exposure they have on social media the better on their pockets. They can put pictures, videos and writings about their brands. Lately companies and organizations check a person social media such as Facebook to make a decision if they want to hire that person. People can post their resumes and job qualifications on Link end. The disadvantages of social media are whatever information, images and videos you put on the cyber space are there forever unless no one copy them and you took the times to delete the item’s one at a time. You can share photos with friends and families or you can set your album private.
Unless you get information from dot.gov, dot. Edu, the others, may not be credible. If you get information from bloggers, they might not have the time to research their sources. “Organizations had long been trying to develop factual content for the web but Wikipedia went for something else: verifiability. The guidelines for editing Wikipedia state: “What counts is whether readers can verify that material added to Wikipedia has already been published by a reliable source, not whether editors think it is true.”( Lule, J. 2012).
The internet makes it convenient for people to get information and knowledge, it creates relationships that reduce isolation. It is important for people to exercise wisdom when it come to the cyber space.
Lule, J. (2012). Exploring media and culture. Irvington, NY: Flat World Knowledge, Inc.