Area of Inquiry
The rise of technology has significantly progressed our society by allowing people the freedom to express their interests, disinterests, and passions. Along with this freedom comes the excessive desire to constantly be in the loop. Users of technology are constantly updating and uploading new material without thinking of the repercussions. More specifically, people who post pictures of hunger-struck children from undeveloped countries, or any type of tragedy. When these types of pictures or videos are uploaded, users “like” or “share” them thinking that it will help, when in reality it desensitizes us. Not only does it desensitize users, but oftentimes people will post these type of pictures to gain “likes” or “follows”. I think technology has advanced our society in more ways than measurable, but this millennium obsessed with their image on social media and the Internet are creating compassionless individuals.
This particular topic interested me because I am heavily invested in helping other people. In a perfect world, “liking” a photo or video about a tragedy would bring support and monetary funds in order to help. But in reality, liking these images are minimizing the actual devastation that is occurring. For example, when I see a person post a picture, on Twitter specifically, of a starving child from an underdeveloped country, asking for a “retweet” I automatically become infuriated. How can one possibly think that “retweeting” a picture is going to help any form of help for this poor child? Sure, the picture raises awareness, but it does not stimulate action. If social media and technology continue to belittle the tragedies around the world, society will become numb to them.
Direction (Vector) Of Inquiry
My main question of interest would be “Has social media desensitized us from the tragedies around the world?”. Within this question I will focus on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. These three are the major feeding ground for users to connect, and they are where this issue mainly occurs. I will explore the depths in which actually “liking” and “sharing” has impacted the community. As far as the direction I am taking this, I will be assessing this question on a sociological basis. I want to explore how society has shifted its portrayal of tragedies around the world, and what will come of it in the future.
My Project In The Concept Space Of The Web
I envision an inquiry project with multiple images relating to tragedies and social media content. It is oftentimes easy to overpower an essay with images that do not relate, so I will attempt to eloquently combine informative information and images from all throughout the web. I hope my paper flows in an orderly fashion, and that people will be able to read and comprehend it. In order to answer my question in a thorough manner, I must include statistics, hyperlinks, and data from reliable online sources. This is vital to defeat any scrutiny that this question may be insignificant. It is important for me for the reader to understand the harm that my question can cause, and hopefully inspire readers who could potentially be on social media sites to not add to it. If I can convince one person to not “share” or “like” these images and videos, perhaps their enlightenment can be influenced onto someone else.
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