QCQ 1 – Johnson/CLA

Quotation : “…social media allows users to be the authors of their own lives; responding directly to events that impact them and their communities; and curating those events as they happen, shaping the surrounding cultural narrative in profound ways” (Johnson 41). 

Comment: Social media is a platform that allows for any person with an electronic device to use their voice and express themselves. I’ve seen first hand within my generation how social media has increased risk for depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Social media may promote negative experiences such as inadequacy about your life or appearance. As a 20 year old female college student, I too find myself getting caught up with what others have to say negatively about myself or something I may believe in. However, Jessica Marie Johnson through this article has allowed me to regain and understand the true purpose of social media. Social media is supposed to be a positive outlet for people to use. As she states, “…social media allows users to be the authors of their own lives; responding directly to events that impact them and their communities; and curating those events as they happen, shaping the surrounding cultural narrative in profound ways”. Social media is a place of opportunity to learn new things about what other individuals, specific groups or different political parties are experiencing. Things posted or said on social media shouldn’t be taken so personally. As Johnson says herself “social media allows users to be the authors of their own lives”. People are so quick to respond to negative social media posts, but most of the time the writer isn’t trying to offend or hurt others, they are simply just trying to tell their story. Social media users are simply creating a new perspective for others to see. Social media is an empowering platform that can give anyone a voice. We need to appreciate how encouraging social media can be for our community, and stop thinking so negatively about everything posted online. 

Question: Is there ever a time where a person sharing their own personal life story/experiences can overshare or cross the line?