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Myths of the Social Media age

The internet was expected to renew democracy, tackle the hegemony of the monopoly news providers and draw us all into a global community. Over the past six months, that idea has been undermined by a new myth which suggests that democracy is, in fact, being overturned by the spawn of the internet: russian bots and fake news – and that ...

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Sharenting: why mothers post about their children on social media

On Mother’s Day, social media feeds are often full of celebration. Facebook reported that in 2017, Mother’s Day “drove more posts in a single day than any other topic on Facebook in the last year”. For some countries, Facebook even created a temporary emoji – the purple flower – so people could fully express their gratitude for their mothers online. ...

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THE PERILS OF SOCIAL MEDIA

By Peace Loise Mbae The rise in social media use by teens has created a new spate of social concerns, across cyber bullying, eating disorders, falling school grades, early sex, and even suicide, all blamed on a pastime that now sees one in four 13-17 year olds online at any given time, day or night. A recent survey by Pew ...

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Is social media a growing threat to democracy?

Since the advent of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, the Internet’s   designation  as a fully-fledged news platform has become a universally accepted view among media pundits. a differenti- ating feature about social media rel- ative to traditional media platforms such as newspapers and broadcast is its ability to disseminate informa- tion in real-time to a wider audience ...

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IS THERE A RIGHT AGE FOR JOINING SOCIAL MEDIA?

Lydia’s daughter, 10 years old is a class 5 pupil and recently Lydia found out that she had joined Facebook. While some parents may find this totally normal, Lydia was terrified. The fact that her daughter was exposed to millions of strangers on the internet really scared her. On her defense, her daughter said that everyone in her class was ...

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