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Social Media

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.

References:

Lule, J. (2012). Exploring media and culture. Irvington, NY: Flat World Knowledge, Inc.

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Media influences on American Culture

ImageMedia influences on American culture have been very positive and it impact daily life. The evolution of mass media during the last century has been tremendous especially because of the internet. It helps in communication that keeps people to be connected. Mass media during the past one hundred years have been print publishing’s, electronic media and digital media.
Mass media took a whole different level with television programs, telephone technologies and internet. “Technological innovations such as the steam engine, electricity, wireless communication, and the Internet have all had lasting and significant effects on American culture.” (Lule, J. 2012). They integrated all of them to achieve the result they would like. For example, reality programs got people to vote for their favorite singers. Cell phones are so advanced, at first text was so implemented now people can retrieve their emails also. Politicians utilized mass media especially internet to deliver their point of views, and convinced people to vote for them. For the new generation, they need to have access to internet for jobs and daily information. They can keep in touch with others online and from healthy relationships which can be very beneficial. Emerging media are fast, cost less and are very accessible. However it is important to use credible cited when it come to education. Children and adults can learn and communicate from an iPod especially if they are unable to speak in a case of special needs kids. Most people used traditional and emerging media to balance the information they need whether is for professional or personal.

They were able to connect news network, and videos sharing sites for votes to ask questions to the Presidential candidates. In the past Americans had a few channels on their television, however, with cable providers and internet they have hundreds of channels. They bring news from all over the world and all types of entertainment. The media can be used to watch over government, business and other institutions. “Today, newspapers and news oriented television and radio programs make available stories from across the globe, allowing readers or viewers in London to access voices and videos from Baghdad, Tokyo, or Buenos Aires. Books and magazines provide a more in-depth look at a wide range of subjects.”( Lule, J. 2012).
Mass media influence American to buy particular goods; they spent so much money on advertising. Famous athletes and celebrities got paid so much money to represent products. Old technologies shared tasks and resources with new technologies. Television, radio, prints and internet merged to deliver news, information, entertainment and social relationships. It makes everyday life faster because of network consumption, people would surf the internet, watch YouTube, play games and answer emails on their cell phone. “But convergence hasn’t erased old technologies; instead, it may have just altered the way we use them.” (Lule, J. (2012). Media convergence help special needs people to communicate and stimulate their brain.
Media literacy is important for responsible media consumption today because the messages sent influence readers, viewers and listeners to buy services and products. It raised questions than it answers, and it is a great way to shape classroom dialog. It can focus on a specific group and utilized different types, for examples photographic, newspapers, articles, movie trailers, songs, print ads, radio commercial, textbooks, subliminal ads and so on.

References:
Lule, J. (2012). Exploring media and culture. Irvington, NY: Flat World Knowledge, Inc.
Films Media Group (2009). Media literacy in the 21st-century classroom. From Title: Media Literacy in the 21st-Century Classroom.