We are all born with certain traits and attributes, but what made us what we are today are also contributed by factors of nurture. It could be from our parents, teachers, boyfriends, girlfriends, partners, friends and acquaintances, in other words; our society.
There are different ways in which we interact with these people, from the most basic face to face interaction to SMS and telephone calls. But as we enter the generation of Web 2.0, our world is introduced to a whole new dimension of society, a virtual society which we know as Social Media.
In my own personal understanding, in the simplest form, social media is online interaction between people. However, the interaction itself is immeasurable.
Here’s another definition of social media I found on the net (best I’ve seen so far) :
Social Media could be use in various ways. There are varieties of topics that could be brought up in social media. In fact, it is limitless. Someone might talk about news and war in Syria, and others might just post a “selfie” or talk about their experience on a particular or even a mundane day. Some people uses social media to promote their businesses and/or reputations, some use it simply to communicate with their friends and acquaintances, others use it simply because everyone else is using it.
Similar to its uses, the effect of social media is pretty complex. It could either be positive, negative or even neutral. There are cases how social media contribute success to a person’s life (take the Biebs for example), sadly, there are also cases on how social media destroys one’s life (teenage suicide due to cyber-bullies).
With all being said, Social Media and The Self is going to be a platform where we (You and I) will talk through on how social media is not a mere representation of ourselves but it is a society that our society builds, builds our society, and ourselves. Also, we will be touching on discussions on the good and the bad of social media in shaping us to what we have become today.
Well, that’s it for now. Please do comment and give your take on this topic.