Issuesof the New Media
Theuse of the new media has impacted significantly on all the aspects ofthe modern day life. The development of the new media has changed thelives of people in terms of how communication is done, messages arerelayed and businesses are operated. While the new media has impactedon the society, the social media has attracted a number of issuesthat exhibit the effect of social media on people. The discussion inthis paper illustrates ten issues that arise with the use of the newmedia in the modern society.
Amongthe most evident issues that arise with the new media is the exposureof personal information to the world. With the use of social media,people have exposed their personal information to the world in amanner that is not censured (Jonesand Soltren 1).According to Lada et al (2), social media sites request personaldetails of a person, which reflects all the information about aperson. As a result, this has led to the second issue, the lack ofprivacy. When a person shares personal profiles, pictures and detailsabout his or a life on social media, he or she loses privacy (Pipes1).This leads to the exposure of information that can be used to harmhim or her.
Theexposure of personal privacy leads to impersonation, as an issue thathas developed with the use of social media. Social media has beenmarked with cases of impersonation where people with maliciousintents create profiles that impersonate other people (FBI1).Most of the people who are regularly impersonated are celebrities andpersons of interest in the society. With these profiles, peopledeceive the public by posting information that misleads others. Thefourth issue is fraud, which is related to the impersonation.Individuals or companies that are inexistent create profiles on thesocial media to look like real organizations (FBI1).Through the use of the false profiles, they defraud social mediausers their money through fraudulent business transactions and deals.
Thefifth issue relates to the security of the online users of theinternet and the new media. The security of social media users is notguaranteed, especially when hackers use social media to penetrate thesystems of individuals and companies (FBI1).This is because social media sites allow people from all over theworld to create profiles and share with people globally as friends orfollowers. These people tend to communicate without a prior knowledgeof each other. The sixth issue is the spread of false informationabout events, organizations and individuals to the world. Takingadvantage of the fast spread of information on the social media,malicious people post false messages to harm the target. This is aharmful issue because the new media lack tools for authenticatinginformation before posting (Flaniginand Metzger 320).
Theseventh issue is the speed at which news spread of the new media. Thespread of information and news is escalated by the ability of peopleto share information posted by others. It is even more interestingbecause the platforms of the new media allow users to share postsacross the platforms. The spread is a positive impact on the socialmedia on the society, but it becomes an advantage that can beexploited for malicious intents or the spread of unverified news in amanner that harms the society (Kaplan61).The eighth issue relates to the positive impact of the social mediaon business. Companies and individuals have turned the new media intoa platform for business transactions and advertising (Jue19).While this has led to higher sales and profits, it has commercializedthe new media and reduced the social aspect of the platforms likeFacebook and Twitter.
Inaddition, the issue of sexually explicit content is perhaps the mostinfluential for the non-adult users. The social media have contentthat is explicit and not worth the view of the young users,especially the adolescent (Guse et al 536). The lack of sanctioningof the content share of the new media has led to the spread ofpornographic content that is viewed by all the users of the newmedia. At the same time, the pornographic content that is shared onthe social media through sexually explicit Facebook pages, tweets andYouTube channels is not sanctioned for certain ages (Cookingham andRyan 1). The final issue that is important is the ageless new media.The creation of profiles on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube does notdemand age limits or a form of sanctioning. Therefore, young peopleand children end up consuming content that may affect their academicperformance (Aliyaset al 2).
Whilethe development of the new media and the rise of social mediaplatforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has a positive impact,it attracts a number of issues. These issues are based on theexposure of personal information and secrecy, the spread ofinformation and news on sharing unworthy content on these platforms.These issues present challenges for the development of an organizedand moral society. However, the use of the new media has led to thedevelopment of business organizations and individuals through selfbranding and information sharing.
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