QCQ 3 – Rheingold

Quotation: “ Knowing how to blog, tweet, wiki, search, innovate, program, and/or organize online can lead to political, cultural, and economic power” (Rheingold 111). 

Comment: I chose this quote as I feel it acknowledges the importance of the purpose for social media. Being able to share your life and or thoughts on the internet is a free privilege, but if done wrong can come with a price. Cancel Culture or just hatred.  Cancel culture or call-out culture is a modern form of ostracism (exclusion from a society or group) in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles. This quote expresses the need for knowledge before posting out on the web for the rest of the world to see. This quote uses the word “power”. The word power is symbolic in the sense that when used correctly/appropriately, social media can be a place for growth ( politically, culturall, and economically) for our community. Knowing how to express your thoughts and beliefs properly on social media can translate into a positive change and or positive force of power. Knowing how to communicate with other people via social media is a beneficial skill to have, when immersing yourself into the crazy world of the internet. One of the most powerful positive effects of social media is its ability to provide support and solidarity, but this can only be done if you have the knowledge of how to organize your thoughts into words for the rest of the world to read.  

Question: As avid social media users (today’s generation), is it obvious when browsing the internet who lacks knowledge on the topics they are discussing?