media effects: dissemination, discourse and engagement
Our relationship with mainstream Facebook? It’s complicated.
– Matt Silverman
It’s been a busy couple of months, and one where time spent fiddling with social media could be claimed as ‘homework’ rather than ‘procrastination’. What a topsy-turvy world!
Given that this assignment is coming to end, I thought that briefly discussing ‘the end’ of social media as we know it would be a fitting farewell. This article featured on Mashable posits a Facebook-Armageddon scenario (admittedly set quite far in the future) brought about by a multitude of factors including but not limited to: regulatory interference, privacy laws, the drive towards profit creation, mobile-only sites/apps, the Chinese digital frontier, and internal progression.
So how much longer can we capitalise on the momentum of Web 2.0? Will regulation and privatisation become the legislated norm, and if so, how will that serve to perpetuate a free, open Internet? Will the organisational culture of various social media platforms be their own undoing? Food for thought, indeed.
In any case, social media platforms in their most basic form have proved an excellent means of communicating with friends, family, workmates and of course my Rethinking Media classmates. For the foreseeable future, it seems a stable and versatile tool – but like any tool, it’s only as good as the workman.
So, Rethinking Media-ites- see you tomorrow night, and can’t wait to see your presentations in the next few weeks! And to anyone else who happens to be reading this (without being required by a uni curriculum to do so) – thanks for increasing my hits :p. It’s been a ball.
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