Month: April 2014

Final Project- Rise of Social Media: Will There Be a Fall?

Inspired by The Circle, my final project will focus on the rise of social media in the past few years, its cultural impact and if there will ever be a time where social media will die out. I aim to address social media’s importance, especially with the younger generation and how social media has transcended beyond a source of entertainment to a “necessary” outlet of expression, communication and interaction for today’s society. I will be doing a paper/blog post with links and articles pertaining to my topic. 

Interesting Links:

Tools & Project

Utilizing tools like Google ngrams has really broadened my ideas by looking at the rise of certain words and trends. Looking through various articles on the digital age, I’ve found that my interest has increasingly turned to social media and social media’s influence on both the younger and older generation. I don’t know what kind of direction I want to take my project yet, but I would love to look into the negative and positive effects of social media because that’s something we’ve spent some time talking about in class. In this day and age social media has become integral to digital interactions, and it’s almost inseparable with our modern-day culture. It would be cool to further explore specifics concerning social media and social media trends, particularly the longevity of certain outlets like Facebook. 

Free Culture in the Digital Age

There’s an idea that everything that’s put on the internet, should be free and accessible for the public’s general usage. In today’s world where we can easily find entire copies of books online for free, it seems as though “free culture” is already starting to take root. Lawrence Lessig, one of the pioneers of this movement, is the founder of Creative Commons. Creative Commons is a site available to everyone that promotes the sharing of creative works and ideas. The idea that everything should be free to us on the internet stands in opposition to the capitalist society we live in where everything is sold and turned for a profit. In fact, the free culture movement is detested by record companies and copyright distributors, who state that the movement stunts economic growth and the salary of artists. Of course, it’s impossible to feel pity for artists like Beyonce who lose .000000001 of their million dollar salary every time someone downloads a song for free (not an actual statistic). However, struggling artists who are not making that type of money are at risk from the free culture idea as well. While free culture promotes accessibility to the creative works we admire, it also works against the artistic market, ultimately hurting the artist. It is a double-edged sword because we want to see more from our favorite musicians, authors, artists, etc., but we often don’t want to pay for it.