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Discussion Post 11


In the “Power of Sharing”, Deanna Zandt used the analogy of bubbles to portray our social connection to others: “Picture billions of soap bubbles in a sink. Each bubble represents a different person, and the bubble size reflects that person’s sphere of influence. Where bubbles connect and intersect represents our relationships with people around us” (7). Keeping this analogy in mind, it’s easy to see how social media is such a successful way to mobilize people in seeking social change. It’s long been understood that the first step towards solving a societal conflict is raising awareness, which today is often done using such mediums such as Facebook and Twitter. When we post, “share” or “like” a video such as the Kony 2012 viral video Facebook allows all of our all of our virtual friends to see. Next, our friends can choose if they also want to share or like it, and if the post is interesting enough the outreach can be exponential as the awareness spread through the “bubbles” and “empathy” builds (1). Naturally when large groups of people become aware of a pressing issue, the normal course of action is to seek change. Social media often is a place where real life events and protests are organized, allowing users to set a date, provide a description and invite their friends to join. Prior to social media, events like these were took time and were difficult to set up as they relied on heavy word of mouth, print media, and if possible sometimes television. Social media has allowed for us to stay connected and unify quickly if necessary.

Social Media Environment


Social media environment has completely changed the society nowadays. For the last years, it has gradually become the public place where people can actually seek for new friends or update their friends’ status. By creating numerous social network websites, the social media has pulled people closer to each other by sharing their online story and status.  That way, the media environment has connected people and helped people understanding more about the others, “Social network gives us unprecedented power share our stories with more people than we ever imagined” (Zandt 159).  Besides, the social media has create the credibility among people by their day by day personal stories and people can absolutely feel same way with these status, “You build trust with other people in your network, and from there you build empathy” (Zandt 159). Facebook and MySpace are two great examples for the social environment; whenever we caught some bad or good stories, we definitely acknowledged what going on what these people and we normally commented and liked on their status to show our empathy. Additionally, there are two types of people who connected to the social media environment; there are strong ties and week ties groups (Zandt 165). Obviously, the strong ties group refers to regular participators for the social websites. They are normally your friends, your family members and your colleague. Oppositely, the weak ties group refers to seldom connectors, who are not interested in these websites. They connect to social network when they have a lot of spare times and they don’t really get addicted like the strong ties group. By connecting to the social media environment, there were a lot of visual positive outcomes that has changed the society in the better ways.

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One of the most groundbreaking creations of the last fifteen years, is the creation of the social media website. These social media sites have been able to connect the world in a way that has never before been witnessed. One could even say that the social impact of these sites rivals that of the telephone when Alexander Graham Bell invented it. just as the telephone is able to connect people from distances far apart, social media can do the same, but is more instantaneous.

Facebook and Twitter are the most popular of these sites at the moment. Not only is Facebook used to find long lost friends and family, but it is also the primary source of news for many of its users. Deanna Zandt says that “Social Networking gives us unprecedented power to share our stories with more people than we ever imagined.” (p. 159) Perhaps the best example of social media’s impact on our world, and its “power to share our stories” (p,159), is its use in the middle east. There are many instances of twitter being used, in the middle east, as the only form of communication with the out side world when a country is in the middle of a coup most of the communication is cut of from the surrounding countries. However, we are still able to communicate with the citizens of these countries through Twitter.  This could warn of an uprising, or even get information to the different government agencies that could end up helping the people of these war torn countries.