How free are we?

Throughout this course, we have been exposed to the true form of media and the selling of our souls to co-operations with money.

The module has helped us realise how free or not free we actually are. The lecture about social media is one that really stuck with me. Our minds are cultivated to think about things such as who posted what, the latest memes and the number of likes you get on an instagram post. We are cultivated to think the way the papers think, the way social media reacts and the way twitter trends. So the question is, are we free to think?

Whenever a person seems to go against the norm – or the fringe society, they are ridiculed and made to feel outcasted. Social culture has cultivated us to think certain ways. We follow social media regulations. But the question is, will that always the best thing?  By removing the cost of joining an online community, are we actually selling our own freedom and privacy? We agree to terms and conditions without reading it, give apps access to our privacy and eventually let it lead our lives. 

Social media has taken over the way people now interact, the way we think, and the way we (over)share. In my opinion, social media is leading us to interact in different ways, and although most of them are positive, they are many disadvantages to it. Most people have little to no privacy on their social media profiles giving full access to their personal life. At what cost is the real question?

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. I made similar points in my last blog post, however I directed my quarrels towards just apps. The truth behind it all, is that we are giving away our most precious part of our lives (privacy). There’s no denying it, we tend not to think about it because we feel as if we have nothing to hide, or we aren’t particularly famous so why does it matter. That fact of the matter is this, the internet can be a dangerous place, people may become obsessed with you and start internet stalking you, which may lead to something much worse. I feel we as the public, need to seriously start considering what we are agreeing to before we agree to the terms and conditions, so that more people can begin to better understand the risks.

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  2. I agree with your concerns about our privacy when it comes to social media. As an avid internet user (I’m a member of pretty much every social media site there is going…), I do worry about how easy it is to expose your life online. I think one main problem with the internet, is it gives you a chance to be the person you want to be, an alter-ego in a sense, people have blogs to show a different side of them that they may not share on Facebook to people who actually know them. The idea of people who you’ve never met getting to know you via a social media site, is appealing to many teenagers who often feel the need to escape reality. Although this is why the internet is great, it’s also why it poses such a threat to our privacy.

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  3. It would be interesting to see if users would behave differently if we had to pay. As a free service we use it to excess leading to arguably more people over-sharing. If there was restricted access would people think more wisely about what they’re posting and making sure the posts have some significant relevance? Like you mention, it is not free as we give up a large percentage of our privacy which is the biggest cost of all.

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