This class was similar to a rollercoaster. Some of the ride was easy and fun and some of the ride was bumpy and difficult.
This is my second online course and it required a lot of patience and determination to get some assignments done. Reflecting back on this course I’m proud of what I accomplished in this class and for keeping up with the course. Sure, sometimes this class demanded a lot of time, but at the end of the day it was all well worth it. I really enjoyed the first weeks of this course, where we blogged freely about our interests.I enjoyed some of the readings as well, such as “Augmenting Human Intelligence” I think the activity where we got to look up different sentences and our peers work to mash them all together as our own piece was neat.
Social media can be helpful to law enforcement because it is an easier way to spread information that is important and that can pose certain risks for the community and masses of people. Although researchers such as Gwendolyn Waters can attribute negative effects to integrating the use of social media and law enforcement, the benefits are greater. Personally, I’m able to see this from time to time. Being an active user of social media and holding accounts with Faceboook and Twitter for example, it is not unlikely to see a retweet of a child’s face on my timeline with the caption “Thank you to everyone who helped bring my brother/sister home by reblogging their picture.” It certainly makes you think twice the next time you come across an amber alert that has been widespread across these mediums. Thanks to this kind of help, law enforcement has had success stories because of the quick approach that was taken in particular cases and the results it has brought.
4 Reasons for Social Media use in Law Enforcement
1.) It has helped solve many crimes, for example issuing an amber alert is effective when many people reblog, retweet or share a photo.
2.) It keeps many people informed since a lot of people are plugged into their phones 24/7.
3.) It promotes the sense of working with the police and being in the loop of what is happening in our own communities.
4.) It is a faster way to track down criminals and get anonymous tips.
I chose to do another rampages site because I kind of wanted to keep my work altogether, although it’s another site it’s still a part of rampages and something I’m also familiar with. I changed the theme of the new site so there will be some change to the layout which will be fun to experiment with once I start drafting and writing. I also think it was a god choice to host my paper here because the rampage site for this project makes it the center of attention and its main focus.
IP Social Media’s impact on Law Enforcement
Junior year of high school, I knew I wanted to work in the criminal justice field. I knew it was a career that required patience and a particular type of personality. During my time in high school I ended up going to Monroe, a trade school, I went to my traditional high school to take my main academics and every other day I would go to Monroe for Administration of Justice. I took this class to learn more about the field and throughout the two years I was in it I learned a lot about law enforcement and the struggle to make relationships with the communities they work with. We learned about the implications that come with this job and how police are often criticized about use of force and discriminating especially against people of color. This criticism often came about the publicity social media gave certain cases that showed police using excessive force, or cases that would incite fury and anger amongst citizens and communities. I was always very intrigued to learn more and do more research on the subject matter and this specific assignment enabled me to do so. Thus my research question was born.
Throughout my research I’ve come across factors that make the use of social media a positive one, while others seem to suggest too much social media impacts relationships between law enforcement and the communities they patrol and serve. In my personal opinion, social media is a necessary evil, and I say evil, because yes, it is a double sword that can hurt but also do good. In a world that revolves around technology and life without technology seems highly impossible, it is difficult to imagine social media not being a part of something so beneficiary as protection from law enforcement and officials.
“You’re plugged in 24/7. You’re always online, you’re going to be checking Facebook, checking Twitter, checking your text messages, emails, you’re always tied into something. You’re always multitasking.”
— David Closson
This relates to my IP question, on (how does social media impacts law enforcement?) because it is a clear example of why we need social media to be working alongside law enforcement and the positives it can be attributed if it is used in an efficient manner. Although my question is very open to the possibilities of negatives and positives, it helps to pull out certain instances where social media is needed and how this impacts law enforcement and all of us.
LexisNexis® Risk Solutions. (2014). [Survey of Law Enforcement Personnel and Their Use of Social Media].
- “The frequency of social media use by law enforcement, while already high, is projected to rise even further in the coming years. Yet, few agencies have adopted formal training, policies or have dedicated staff in place, resulting in barriers to consistent and broad application throughout all of law enforcement.”
- “Social media policy should clearly delineate between protected free expression and the speech that could impact departments or officers. Agencies generally are permitted to regulate officers’ conduct on social media sites if the individuals list law enforcement as their occupation or post law enforcement-related content. Administrators must decide the conduct and information to regulate.” — Robert D. Stuart
Of these two articles it is seemingly clear that both are in agreement with the concept that means bringing mediation for law enforcement and social media, that means being very clear as to what is shared with the public and how much information may actually be disclosed. Also, both research mediums go on to suggest that training and rules should be enforced for this new form of social “help” so that it is more beneficial than harmful. I think both these articles complement each other very well because they have about the same ideas and a similar way to enforce them.
“He makes it his article more intriguing with he videos and pictures he posted to show “physical” evidence about how women/ activist promote feminism such as the video of if women acted like men. ” written by qadirkhana is similar to my thoughts on Justin Tubb’s essay. I think this quote is very explanatory in the sense that it develops and breaks down the essence of Tubb’s essay. It’s informative, concise and clear. It helps the reader clearly understand what Tubb’s is talking about without getting confused or beating around the bush and /or going in circles about a simple thing.
- Justin ground his argument by providing personal experiences, such as how he came to the topic of feminism. He shares his experiences on social media and develops his main argument by presenting to the reader the importance of social media, already building his case from the foundation.
- Tubb’s essay is very clear and well written and the use of personal experience makes it more engaging and relatable, therefore I was not lost or uninterested in any part of his essay.
- I was most interested in the “Marginalized Minds” section because it really branches off the whole personal experience and uses many factors to support his ideas
- The section where I mostly got a sense of his writing style was at the beginning of his essay, then throughout the essay he did a great job in seeming interested on what he was talking about which made it seem like he was passionate about his topic.