to post or not to post

It becomes increasingly obvious to me that we, as a society, are still learning as we go about the effects of New Media. Since it is in constant change, there is no way of fully understanding its power in the present.

The Internet, and along with it all forms of social media, is such a new world. To everyone. It not only is a recent phenomenon, but it is still in the process of being fixed, improved. I remember reading in the NYTimes that media has changed more in the last 16 years than the 100 years before then. Makes total sense, doesn’t it? As a result, when we think we know how to deal with this extremely fast-paced exchange of information, we realize we didn’t know anything at all.

Such is the case discussed on this week’s On the Media about the Syrian video of the little boy whose jaw was blown off. The reporter who came in contact with this video faced a moral dilemma: to send or not the link on his twitter with the utterly graphic video.

“How can you convey brutality without traumatizing the audience?” was a question that struck with me throughout the entire podcast. Yet, a point was brought up that changed my entire perspective: nowadays, people have a choice. They are alerted and choose or not to watch the video. They have the option of clicking it or not. I, for instance, have chosen not to watch it. But the ones who did, at the moment, were either horrified by it and continued on with their day, or horrified and tried to create change.

Those that attempted to help this little boy are the ones who make us feel hopeful about the dispersing such videos. Although I do not believe that all videos will create positive change, I praise the few ones that do. I can hope that people become more aware, but I also cannot be naive as to think that every video will generate positive outcomes. But, at the end of the day, if it does more good than bad, why not publish it? Right?

I get lost. I really do. Not only with technology itself, but what to think of it.┬áDon’t you feel that, sometimes, in our generation, things are moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up? I do.



The more I read, learn, and think about FaceBook, the more I see its utter domination on the world’s economies, politics, and– in my opinion, the most worrisome– on our minds and everyday lives. We are consumed by this networking website whose total members would make up the world’s third largest country. Wow, third largest country- all comprised into one massive website. A “country” that has hasty boundaries of public and private, a “country” that is having an increasing effect on the physical world by generating activism and proliferating news, a “country” that has a set format and that allows one to create another version of his or herself. I keep constantly going back in my mind between the pros and cons, but I have come to the realization that weighing the good and the bad doesn’t matter. FaceBook is here to stay, at least before people grow tired, and it’s rapidly changing how our world works.

The sentence “no one wants to be a FaceBook competitor” said at the end of this week’s On the Media really made me see its enormous power. Over the last four years that I have had an account, never would I have imagined the enormous effect that each and every “like” that I pressed was having. FaceBook truly is a haven for advertisers. Until now, I admit: I was naive. FarmVille brings “so much revenue” to FaceBook. Really? In all honesty, I never would have thought beyond how annoying the news feed notifications of that game were. Now, however, I look at everything from a completely different eye. “Liking” something will never be the same.

I can’t help but be simultaneously intrigued and frightened by this worldwide explosion. The story of the girl that was “friend-requested” by the man who had raped her and then spoke to him on the phone was absolutely shocking. She needed that to move on, to see that he, too, was young and not a monster. (Her ability to speak so clearly and maturely about it was also astounding to me). We can’t deny that FaceBook does bring people together, sometimes for good and sometimes for bad. To me, a general rule is: if you don’t want to be found, don’t be on FaceBook. And if you are on FaceBook, at least from now on, be more aware of how they can control your data and use your information. I definitely will be.

-Marina Adese