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Effect of Social Media on News

As authors move from print to screen, multimodal works are becoming a norm. The topic of my research revolves around the effect of social media on news and news interpretation. In order to incorporate data into my research paper, I plan to include graphs such as pie charts and bar graphs to outline the impact that social media has had on the news. By doing so, the reader will have a visual to help understand the severity of the issue. I also plan to incorporate clips from TED Talks panels guided by experts in the field. Rather than simply quoting the author, providing a audio/visual clip aids in the emphasis of the issue. Incorporating multimodal sources as a part of my bibliography is an overall aid in my argument and represents a shift in the way traditional essays are being written today.

Crap Detection

        Technology has had a major effect on the way information is distributed in today’s society. As we pass from generation to generation, technology is becoming a big factor in peoples’ lives. Social media are computer-mediated tools that allow people to create, share or exchange information and ideas in a virtual community. In the past decade, social media has risen to the top of the social agenda, becoming a norm in today’s society. Through study it has been shown that the average person spends roughly two hours on social media in a day. Whether they are having a conversation or simply scrolling through their news feed, a substantial amount of time is spent scrolling through social media. In many ways social media has acted as a stimulus, allowing people from around the world to exchange thoughts and ideas, but one can only wonder if social media is doing more harm than good. Social media accounts for a large amount of unreliable information that is spread through the internet. To combat this issue, Rheingold offers a solution. He entitles his screening process "crap detection" in which users perform methods such as background checks on authors and cross references to check the reliability of sources. The application of Rheingold's method can work towards resolving this growing issue.

Evaluating the Quality of Information

I agree with Rheingold’s argument. I believe that as researchers and users of the Internet we must be responsible and have the ability to sift through and separate the reliable from the unreliable. A growing problem in today’s society is the means by which we obtain our information. Today’s lifestyle is fast pace and everyone is looking for information in an effortless manner. This is one of the biggest issues that I have uncovered through my research throughout the semester. Users are still unable to separate reliable information from unreliable information because they are looking for the information in the simplest way possible.

Although there is a big burden on us as the consumers to make this distinction, there is also a burden upon the producer to put out quality information. With the rise of social media in today’s society, it is questioning which information is considered quality information and which is not.      Although the issue of circulation of reliable information is much more complex it is definitely a resolvable issue.

Drawing the Line in Mississippi

Clifford Berryman as a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist with the Washington Star newspaper from 1907 to 1949. He was also a cartoonist for the Washington Post from 1891 t 1907. During his time with the Post he drew many cartoons commenting on American Presidents and politics. The cartoons satirized both the Republican and Democrats and covered many of the issues during his time period.

Roosevelt traveled to Mississippi to settle the border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana. During his free time, Roosevelt and Governor Longino of Mississippi went on a hunting trip near Onward, Mississippi. While on a hunting trip, the guides came across an adult black bear and attacked it. They tied the bear to a willow tree and called President Roosevelt over to shoot it, but Roosevelt refused to do so. He felt that shooting the bear would be unsportsmanlike. However the bear was injured. Since it was suffering, Roosevelt came to the conclusion to put down the bear and put it out of its misery. On November 16th, 1902, Berryman published a political cartoon depicting President Theodore Roosevelt showing compassion for a small bear cub. It was titled, “Drawing the Line in Mississippi”. The image depicts the guide holding the cub tied to the tree and Roosevelt refusing to shoot it. The bottom reads, “Drawing the Line in Mississippi”. The purpose of the drawing was to recount both the state line dispute and the bear hunt. This image later influenced Morris Michtom to create the teddy bear. This image is intended for citizens involved in the border dispute and advocates of Roosevelt.

Social Media in the Workplace

Social media are websites and applications that allow for users to create and share information or take part in social networking. Social media allows for the rapid distribution of events going on across the world and, in many ways, is beneficial to our daily lifestyle. In today’s society, social media has become a norm and is being used by people of all age groups. Roughly 67 percent of the U.S. population engages in the use of social media. Out of the teenage population, 77 percent use social media. Teenagers engage in social networking to connect with peers and discuss the events of the day. What social media users are unaware of are the drawbacks of their social media addiction.

Employers can use social media in two different ways in the hiring process. Employers can use social media to recruit candidates and advertise the job opening. Employers can also use the sites to perform background checks to confirm a candidate’s qualifications before hiring them. Many of the employers today check social media sites and consider prospective employees’ social media activity in the job hiring process. These social sites allow for employers to consider both sides of prospective employee’s background before making the decision to hire them. Although social media is a tool in the process it should not be the sole decider. When screening job applicants, it appears that a fewer number of employers are using social media in the process. In the SHRM survey conducted in 2013, 22 percent of the responders reported that they use social sites in the job hiring process. This is a decline from the 34 percent in 2008. In order to effectively use social media as a tool in the job hiring process, employers must take certain precautions. Employers must be consistent in their use of social media in the process and not single out certain job applicants. Employers must also consider the candidate’s post and not what other people have said about them. If the employer decides not to hire the applicant, employers should keep track of the reasoning behind their decision. Through following these precautions, employers may affectively use social media as a tool in the job hiring process.

Current employees are also under constant observation as they engage in the numerous social media sites. CNN conducted an interview with 10 employees who have felt the repercussions of the negative use of social media sites. The article highlights the reasoning behind their dismissal from their jobs. This article is a perfect example of the drawbacks of social media sites in the workplace. Due to their negative posts involving things in the workplace, the employers had no choice but to dismiss the employee. Employees must be cautious of their online persona and consider the drawbacks of their actions.

Social media is a great resource and has acted as a stimulus for advances in today’s society, but can also come with many consequences. Social sites have led to the dismissal of employees and have even prevented applicants from standing a chance. Social networking sites such as Facebook and twitter are accessible to everyone and users must take this into account.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/06/living/buzzfeed-social-media-fired/

http://www.shrm.org/publications/hrmagazine/editorialcontent/2014/0914/pages/0914-social-media-hiring.aspx

http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/teens-fact-sheet/