Tag: Social Media

Agenda Setting

           Since the rise of new media, the media academia has struggled to follow the new spectrum of possibilities. They had to reassemble almost every theory based on traditional media as new media changed the position of users so much. Throughout a few series of blogs, I would like to introduce briefly how these changes took place, by explaining both the original…

Picture Perfect?

Nothing is what it seems. Not only magicians and politicians are experts at hiding the truth, arguably everyone participating on social media is some kind of illusionist. Creating the illusion of a perfect life, a perfect family, a perfect career. Showing the trophy without the training, showing the victory without the struggle. Throughout my blogs I have been considerably positive regarding social…

Mind = Blown

The internet is a great place. Never in history has information been more accessible to so many people around the globe. Everything you want to know is just a click away, with Google being so popular it is actually used as a verb now. Moreover, you can carry all that information with you in the format of just your smartphone or tablet:…

Pre-Myst generation

There are a couple of everyday, digital media terms that really bother me: ‘digital natives’, because it presupposes you can classify people into generations and dismiss alternative life experiences based on year of birth; and ‘social media’ because the term ‘social’ implies friendly interactions, not just neutral organisation of society, whilst it really hides negative behaviours such as bullying, hate speech, and…

Date: Me please

Left, Right, Right, Right, Left… Not only scrolling, but also swiping has been added to the extensive thumb and hand exercises the average adolescent does on the daily. In the contemporary digital society we live in, even love seems to have entered the digital realm.  Even though a well-known dating application like Tinder seemed to introduce love into the digital realm, the…

Go outside

Gathering accounts When I was younger, there was a strict ‘no Social Media’-rule in my household. “Get away from that stupid computer, go outside!”, my mother would say. After years of begging, complaining and guilt-tripping, I was finally allowed to have a Hyves-profile. This is a Dutch platform that basically works like Facebook or Twitter, just without feeds. You can chat, visit…