In an era of outright lies from the government, confusing media coverage, panic on social media, and general chaos, it is more imperative than ever to verify everything.
Well-meaning activists often encourage people to use social media to reach elected officials. This is a bad and ineffective idea.
The growth of social media in the United States has brought about a number of alarming phenomena, including the tendency for false information to propagate rapidly through networks like Facebook, but one huge issue is the rise in conspiracy theories. Some are kind of ridiculous, laughable, and harmless, but others are actively dangerous, and it’s […]
While I maintain a public Facebook—follow it here, I say in a shameless social media plug—I didn’t delve into the personal side of the site until relatively recently, when I was dragged on kicking and screaming because it was the only way to stay in contact with old friends. That alone is evidence of the […]
Every other day, the internet is up in arms about something a corporation has posted on a social networking site, often with good reason. Some companies post really awful things, and it’s important to talk about those things when they happen — to discuss the problem, to challenge companies on why they thought it was […]
In what many are fond of calling the social media era, social media clauses are becoming routine on employment contracts, particularly with more staid, traditional firms like financial institutions. Employees may be restrictively informed that they cannot have social media accounts at all, while others are told that they aren’t permitted to talk about their […]
One of the most interesting things about joining Facebook, for me, has been exposure to the phenomenon known as the ‘share,’ the linking of something or relinking of something someone else published. Shares circulate merrily across the internet (Facebook is a major traffic driver), they get scores of likes, people post thousands of comments. There’s […]
Companies across the board in the modern era are advised that they need to use social media, communicate effectively across it, and develop a sound social media strategy. We definitely play into this as consumers by turning to social media as a primary source of information, point of contact, and complaint centre for the companies […]
If you’re on social media, you probably encounter them frequently: images of missing people, often girls, with a note saying that someone’s daughter/wife/sister is missing and a plea for anyone who sees her to get in touch with the original poster. Such images are widely circulated, often with a load of guilt attached — if […]
‘For every RT, we’ll donate $10 to [cause]!’ ‘Like us on Facebook and we’ll donate to [cause]!’ ‘Help us reach 5,000 followers on [Pinterest/Facebook/Instagram/Tumblr] and we’ll donate to a user-selected charity!’ I’m seeing these statements popping up more and more these days, and they are giving me a case of the chills followed by irritation […]