Friday Food for Thought

I’m going to end this week’s blog post with something fun, but also with some questions about social media to think about this week:

With social media, nothing is monitored or censored. Social media is a free-for-all for anyone to post their thoughts and opinions. My questions are:

  • What are the consequences to this?
  • Who can see this?
  • What is the point of “getting it out there” on social media?
  • Who is the audience?
  • How many people do these messages get across to?

For example, let’s look at this clip below. This clip features a segment Jimmy Fallon regularly uses in his show where celebrities read mean tweets posted about them on Twitter:

As you can see, these tweets aren’t necessarily full of love. So, what is the point of sending or posting something like that out in public? Is it directed to the users’ audience? Do they hope that the celebrities will see these tweets? (and they did!)

Personally, I don’t post these kinds of tweets because I try to always keep it positive and believe–and want–to use social media as a positive and beneficial and keep it a safe place.

My final questions for this week are: What do you think are user’s purpose of posting negative tweets like in the video above? Reactions?

Thanks for checking out my blog and stay tuned for more next week!

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