Social Media Problems; Facebook Privacy

Facebook Privacy
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The media has given the world many down the years in terms of connection and creativity great benefits and resources to use a world that is vastly changing technologically and socially. When social media boomed mid 21st century we saw prosperity in terms of connection and employment. With social media we are allowed connect to the world within seconds, anywhere in the world. However the big problem when it comes to social media, new media is the problem of privacy issues. Facebook in particular has led users to take case suing Facebook on the grounds of Privacy breaching.

With social media our lives are publicly monitored by our surrounding environment due to social media, platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linkdn, Flicker, Instagram gives us accessibility. But its these platforms that can intrude on our privacy and indeed Facebook privacy is a problem we have to face everyday on social media use.

To not use social media we may be viewed as an outsider due to the fact it is everyone’s mind that we as people need social media in order to accomplish and live in this world however it is not necessarily true. However the people that use these platforms do expose us to the world wide threat of privacy breach and copyright issues.

Looking at some cases of privacy we have to look at problems associated with Facebook which has from 2007 to present is regularly investigated and criticised due to its privacy issues. In 2010 Facebook was criticised due to the findings by Electrical Frontier Foundation which found that Facebook could get information saved to a Facebook profile even if the information was not intended.

Facebook has also been criticised for its app Messenger. The app provides Facebook with the following information about users of the app:

  • Access to geo location
  • Access to personal contacts on device
  • Access to Personal text messages on device
  • Access to private messages for data collection
  • Access to device camera and video camera
  • Access to audio and sound device

The video below covers and focuses on the privacy concerns relating to the messenger app.

As Facebook is global the problems with social media grows and in particular the problems with Facebook ever grows stronger due to its massive popularity. Facebook also has been criticised for Facebook friend lists. Friend lists on Facebook profiles are not private regardless if they are intended to be private and not public. The following article criticises and comments on the issue of Friend lists and privacy. Link to the article: http://mashable.com/2014/06/02/facebook-friends-list-privacy/

To conclude as I have discussed there is obviously problems with Facebook and its privacy settings and terms. What we have to understand is that Facebook is so large that it is always going to use private information for data collecting. And when we create a Facebook profile regardless if we deactivate it, the profile will always exist in Facebook data collection, it can never be deleted by Facebook. Facebook will grow stronger and so will its privacy issues. Next week I will be discussing Social Media Copyright problems, issues.

The Music Video and its effect on the adolescent Female body

Source: http://lukemusicvid.blogspot.ie/2011/10/gender-representation-in-music-videos.html
Source: http://lukemusicvid.blogspot.ie/2011/10/gender-representation-in-music-videos.html

The worldwide media phenomenon has taken the world by the neck and surely the effects on the viewership of such media such as social media and music videos, TV and movies have a detrimental effect are evident. We have to look at the music industry for example as a core media phenomenon that not only gives us music but gives us subliminal media messages. The good of music industry is that it provides us with satisfaction entertainment wise however the other end of the sword is the effects it has and influences it has on its audience, in particular its effects on Female body image.

The modern day music industry boomed in the 1980’s due to the introduction of MTV,  a music TV station and platform which provided youth with easy access to music especially pop and rap which grew in popularity in the 1990’s and this appealed to a wide audience of teenagers and adolescents due to MTV in some regard. Over the next 25 years, the music industry grew in strength and in order for it to prosper it breached out to other platforms that being YouTube especially which was a major and still a major player for music videos and their profits. And it was MTV that had a major impact on the music world, as Randy Otis notes on MTV and its impact ” One station that has had a great impact on American culture is MTV, or music television. It arrived in 1981 and sparked a whole host of studies examining a wide range of topics. The station has since changed so that it is now more of a reality channel than music video, but it marked the beginning of a new era of that aspect of television. With the international growth of MTV’s popularity, its influence has become a world-wide phenomenon. Even in 1996, there was evidence that showed that African American teenagers watched approximately 3.3 hours of music videos per day (Peterson, Wingood, DiClemente, Harrington, Davies 2007″ Link to article: http://https://otisrandy.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/rap-videos-and-the-effect-on-female-adolescent-body-image/

Nowadays the music industry is ever strong before but it comes with a cost, old music is dying along with traditional and honest music that depicts great music and doesn’t focus on the exterior like body images and looks. I want to look at body image. In the music industry, the business through its videos depict the following representation of the female body:

  • False image of the female body
  • What is beautiful and what is not
  • Sexual desire
  • Lust
  • False images and depiction of the female body
  • Sexual need
  • Money represented with female body
  • Exaggerated and fake illusions of the female body
  • Manipulation of female conscious on female body image

The representation of women in music videos tells women what is beautiful, what is not, how to look “good” and to alter and change images on the body. Like in the model world women look to it and contemplate what is beautiful and not. Videos by Nicki Minaj and Britney Spears among many others fuel the female representation epidemic in terms of their own body image and lyric. The video below is an example of the female body representation in terms of sexual appeal and body image.

The video depicts an example of music industry depiction of female body, in that the female body can be used as a weapon to lure men into a trap. It’s a formulae used by music videos on a regular basis. The video is extremely bleak and it’s a sad epidemic in the music world, which has to be changed but I am afraid to say the effects on women from music videos has been very impactful that it will never change and the music world and its videos will continue to tell you what is right and what is beautiful in body images and it will obviously turn the tables and tell us that being “not beautiful” is the real beauty.
The video below is another example of body image influence on the adolescent female body. The video is of Australian born rapping sensation Iggy Azalea and Latin superstar Jennifer Lopez dancing seductively while embracing and flaunting their very beautiful “Booty”. the video says well its nice to have a big booty which every man wants and desires. Having a big booty is sexy and outstanding. Don’t get me wrong I think its beautiful but the approach the video adapts is very shallow and bleak. It says in its lyrics “Its his birthday, give him whatever he asks for”. It’s on the lines of pornographer In terms of the video images and lyrics, its a sad realisation that this is music industry of today. It is not entertaining music,  it is sex exploitation on camera for profit.

The music industry is only in existence due to profit and once a formulae works and earns profit the music industry it will repeat that formula through using images of the female body. In brief, the music videos do not influence every women, it is not possible but to a large majority it does and especially on youth because youth are very vulnerable and passive to such images in Music videos. Its a danger but the music machine will not stop, and that is a sad realisation. In conclusion the videos do have an effect on the adolescent female body because girls and women of today are severely conscious of body image which to an extent is healthy but in other cases it can become unhealthy trying to live up to music videos “allusions” and depictions of the female body. Overall as media consumers both male and female we have to become more conscious and aware of the music media videos of manipulation in terms of female body images because it is just not real in reality.

The Music Video and Its Effects on The Female Adolescent Body

Source: http://lukemusicvid.blogspot.ie/2011/10/gender-representation-in-music-videos.html
Source: http://lukemusicvid.blogspot.ie/2011/10/gender-representation-in-music-videos.html

The worldwide media phenomenon has taken the world by the neck and surely the effects on the viewership of such media such as social media and music videos, TV and movies have a detrimental effect are evident. We have to look at the music industry for example as a core media phenomenon that not only gives us music but gives us subliminal media messages. The good of music industry is that it provides us with satisfaction entertainment wise however the other end of the sword is the effects it has and influences it has on its audience, in particular its effects on Female body image.

The modern day music industry boomed in the 1980’s due to the introduction of MTV,  a music TV station and platform which provided youth with easy access to music especially pop and rap which grew in popularity in the 1990’s and this appealed to a wide audience of teenagers and adolescents due to MTV in some regard. Over the next 25 years, the music industry grew in strength and in order for it to prosper it breached out to other platforms that being YouTube especially which was a major and still a major player for music videos and their profits. And it was MTV that had a major impact on the music world, as Randy Otis notes on MTV and its impact ” One station that has had a great impact on American culture is MTV, or music television. It arrived in 1981 and sparked a whole host of studies examining a wide range of topics. The station has since changed so that it is now more of a reality channel than music video, but it marked the beginning of a new era of that aspect of television. With the international growth of MTV’s popularity, its influence has become a world-wide phenomenon. Even in 1996, there was evidence that showed that African American teenagers watched approximately 3.3 hours of music videos per day (Peterson, Wingood, DiClemente, Harrington, Davies 2007″ Link to article: <a href=”http://https://otisrandy.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/rap-videos-and-the-effect-on-female-adolescent-body-image/”>http://https://otisrandy.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/rap-videos-and-the-effect-on-female-adolescent-body-image/</a&gt;

Nowadays the music industry is ever strong before but it comes with a cost, old music is dying along with traditional and honest music that depicts great music and doesn’t focus on the exterior like body images and looks. I want to look at body image. In the music industry, the business through its videos depict the following representation of the female body:
<ul>
<li><em>False image of the female body</em></li>
<li><em>What is beautiful and what is not</em></li>
<li><em>Sexual desire</em></li>
<li><em>Lust</em></li>
<li><em>False images and depiction of the female body</em></li>
<li><em>Sexual need</em></li>
<li><em>Money represented with female body</em></li>
<li><em>Exaggerated and fake illusions of the female body</em></li>
<li><em>Manipulation of female conscious on female body image</em></li>
</ul>
The representation of women in music videos tells women what is beautiful, what is not, how to look “good” and to alter and change images on the body. Like in the model world women look to it and contemplate what is beautiful and not. Videos by Nicki Minaj and Britney Spears among many others fuel the female representation epidemic in terms of their own body image and lyric. The video below is an example of the female body representation in terms of sexual appeal and body image.

The video depicts an example of music industry depiction of female body, in that the female body can be used as a weapon to lure men into a trap. It’s a formulae used by music videos on a regular basis. The video is extremely bleak and it’s a sad epidemic in the music world, which has to be changed but I am afraid to say the effects on women from music videos has been very impactful that it will never change and the music world and its videos will continue to tell you what is right and what is beautiful in body images and it will obviously turn the tables and tell us that being “not beautiful” is the real beauty.
The video below is another example of body image influence on the adolescent female body. The video is of Australian born rapping sensation Iggy Azalea and Latin superstar Jennifer Lopez dancing seductively while embracing and flaunting their very beautiful “Booty”. the video says well its nice to have a big booty which every man wants and desires. Having a big booty is sexy and outstanding. Don’t get me wrong I think its beautiful but the approach the video adapts is very shallow and bleak. It says in its lyrics “Its his birthday, give him whatever he asks for”. It’s on the lines of pornographer In terms of the video images and lyrics, its a sad realisation that this is music industry of today. It is not entertaining music,  it is sex exploitation on camera for profit.

The music industry is only in existence due to profit and once a formulae works and earns profit the music industry it will repeat that formula through using images of the female body. In brief, the music videos do not influence every women, it is not possible but to a large majority it does and especially on youth because youth are very vulnerable and passive to such images in Music videos. Its a danger but the music machine will not stop, and that is a sad realisation. In conclusion the videos do have an effect on the adolescent female body because girls and women of today are severely conscious of body image which to an extent is healthy but in other cases it can become unhealthy trying to live up to music videos “allusions” and depictions of the female body. Overall as media consumers both male and female we have to become more conscious and aware of the music media videos of manipulation in terms of female body images because it is just not real in reality.

Social Media War With ISIS Propaganda

ISIS

Today in the world of politics the world faces many issues with regard to the threat of propaganda and war on the horizon when we look at the situation in the Syria and Iraq with regard to the terrorist organisation that is ISIS or referred also as ISIL and the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria. The situation with ISIS is of international and domestic concern due to the rising strength and threat that ISIS possesses. What is most concerning from my point of view is its propaganda machine on social media and how ISIS masterfully manipulates the media and how it encourages people from all around to fight with the Islamic state.

The Islamic state uses many of the most popular of social media platforms to advertise their ideology and propaganda to the world for everyone to see. There aim is simple to recruit fighters from Muslim communities but also importantly ISIS social media targets western people, in particular the Islamic state appeal to people that have been abused by society due to their religion or other. The Islamic State regularly posts updates and propaganda material on a daily basis in order to branch out and recruit and  “Influence” as many people as it can due to its need of fighters in the regions of Syria and Iraq. Islamic state uses media to recruit western fighters to fight the coalition and international community which includes the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and Jordan among many other countries. The fight is intensifying between the coalition and ISIS but so is the war on tackling ISIS on social media platforms.

The video above shows how ISIS are using social media especially Twitter to subject people and influence people from the west to fight with ISIS in Syria and Iraq. ISIS have a strong control on the way they run their social media campaign and this is especially true when you look at the difficulties Twitter and other social media platforms have in  fighting these pages and profiles.

The ISIS propaganda machine is a strong element, severely crucial to their organisation because they recruit fighters primarily through social media and propaganda to fight the coalition and Syrian and Iraq army. Examples of their propaganda is ever evident in the news for example we can look at how ISIS uses “Violence” to influence fighters to come and fight with them. An example of this is the brutality of ISIS execution videos most notably the beheadings of western Journalists by the masked Islamic state terrorist “Jihadi John” who has recently been identified as Muhammad Emwazi who originates from London, UK. The videos are very distressing and very disturbing but its these execution videos that not only recruit foreign fighters but it sends out a chilling message to the international community and world of the threat of ISIS in our countries that we live in.

Jihadi JohnJihadi John’s image is used as a tool to strike fear to the international community and anyone that challenges ISIS, the videos are sheer propaganda through their depiction of brutal inhumanity and disregard to the innocent in the videos. What ISIS does is that it uploads these videos and within seconds the videos are headline news on social media and TV. Throughout its campaign ISIS implies professional editing of its videos. ISIS regularly posts genocidal vidoes including mass executions, and other despicable and evil videos.

Below is an example of a twitter ISIS account

Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/centcom-twitter-hack-official-account-back-online-after-breach-isis-sympathizers-1781040
Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/centcom-twitter-hack-official-account-back-online-after-breach-isis-sympathizers-1781040
Source: https://ibrabo.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/the-new-battleground-for-isis-facebook/
Source: https://ibrabo.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/the-new-battleground-for-isis-facebook/

ISIS uses Twitter and Facebook regularly to post updates and propaganda videos to these accounts which is highly of concern to the international community.

TACKLING ISIS’s SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

The international community is tackling the threat of ISIS on the grounds in Syria and Iraq but the war on social media is proving a difficult war due to the fact ISIS are constantly creating new accounts throughout the world which makes it difficult in defeating ISIS on the internet and on social media platforms. The world is not afraid of ISIS and so the fight is being delivered to ISIS. Twitter and Facebook are fighting hard to tackle ISIS media on social media. Over a thousand ISIS accounts are taken down each day on twitter but the problem here is that they are created again. Spreading of videos is being censored and the crimes to which ISIS activate has been intensified. https://ibrabo.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/the-new-battleground-for-isis-facebook/ Blog covers the war with ISIS on Facebook, it is a great read especially because it deals with Facebooks war on ISIS and how ISIS advertises itself on Facebook. Worth noting also the hacking group named “Anonymous” are also helping in the fight against ISIS on social media. The group currently has intercepted and taken down numerous ISIS accounts and also maybe giving location of ISIS members, militants.

The organization named SITE is an monitoring intelligence group that pushes major social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to become stricter, take down and degrade ISIS accounts. Link to page https://news.siteintelgroup.com/

So to finish off, ISIS has certainly caused international concern on social media through its propaganda and brutal videos but as we can see looking to the future it will be a long war with ISIS but it will be  Inevitable ISIS will be defeated and destroyed on social media and the world. Good will prevail in the world, and ISIS propaganda and militant will be ridden from this earth forever.


The Darkside of Social Media; Cyberbullying

Source: www.examiner.com
Source: http://www.examiner.com

 

Today in the world our lives are revolved and documented through the medium of the Internet. All we do, including work and social interaction is done on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. We today, especially teenagers consistently and continuously use social media to chat and interact with fellow friends and people. The social media world however presents a great problem, as it is said with anything powerful and vast there is always a rising problem. In this case I want to look at c because it is a major epidemic when it comes to social media and its influence on people.

Cyberbullying

Today in our society we do much of our interaction through Facebook, Twitter and Google+ etc. which creates a connection between people from different regions and cultures however this vast connection and connectivity creates a looming and very problematic, serious problem. Cyberbullying is basically the term which describes the use of technology to abuse and harass other people in a deliberate manner. With social media platforms such as Facebook, this is quite evident within its organization. When we look at the figures of Facebook and Twitter, we can see the problems with cyberbullying because the more people you have on one particular social media site then the more problems you will have with Cyberbullying.

The Social Media boom has created great opportunities but Cyberbullying remains n. Cyber bullying has caused great dismay and doubt within the social media world because some incidents involving online harassment and invasion of privacy has led to very tragic and upsetting conclusions. And its the use of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ that people use in order to attack someone emotionally because of personal reasons and this is detrimental to the victim because word spreads so quickly on social media. When information is dispersed, whether it be gossip or personal, this information cannot be deleted nor erased because social media, world-wide web is so powerful that it cannot be deleted, it is impossible. People have been subjected and harassed on-line due or in relation to the following;

  • Ethnicity
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Religion
  • Looks and appearance
  • Obesity
  • Popularity
  • School (Teenagers particularly are discussed in relation to Cyberbullying)
  • Skin Colour
  • Jealousy
  • Etc..

There is many cases that highlight the problem of social media and cyberbullying. One case in particular that falls under the realm of the cyberbullying epidemic is the suicide of Tyler Clementi. The video above explains what happened. Tyler Clementi committed suicide in 2010, September due to the fact his roommate leaked his sexual encounters with another man onto the web. The culprit, Tyler’s College roommate Dharun Ravi had leaked live video camera in their room computer. The live video was leaked online by Ravi, which depicted Tyler and his partner kissing for the first time. Ravi also used his Twitter account to show people how to access the camera in order to see Clementi and his male partner. Shortly after Tyler found out, he committed suicide by jumping of the Washington Bridge. The case raised attention to the subject of cyberbullying and its dangers but also to the LGBT organization over the issue of it being a hate crime because Tyler was homosexual. Other cases include Jessica Logan, Amanda Todd, all which underline the seriousness of cyberbullying and how it can affect and certainly endanger people subjected to cyberbullying. Cyberbullying aside from Suicide leads to depression along with suicide thoughts and also loneliness and feeling worthless. Below is a video is a short film highlighting Cyberbullying.

Looking to the Future; Cyberbullying

We may ask ourselves why do such fellow human beings do such things to one other, why do people revel in humiliating and shaming another human, making them feel worthless. I for one will take a stand and will always highlight cyberbullying because we live in such a vast and dependent that information can be corrupted and people get hurt in the process, often leading to tragic ends. The people that have died as a result from social media bullying, cyberbullying again makes up question what should be done. What has to be done is that we need to tackle social media harder, we have to enforce authority on those that set out to hurt others. We have to raise awareness and also society has to be and support those who are struggling in life because of cyber bullying. Social will grow and so will cyberbullying will become more of a problem, cyberbullying will always be present, it will never be eliminated but what we have to do is contain and limit cyberbullying, and punish those who corrupt and abuse other people due to their naivety and crudeness. I look to the future of social media with open eyes, do the same, always be aware of the dangers of social media. And if you know of someone that is being cyberbullied step in and take action, and if you know of someone that is cyberbullying report them as soon as possibly because that is the good thing to do. We will stand and fight cyberbullying as a society. Thanks folks tune in next week where I will be doing trends on social media next week, the good and bad side of trends!

Social Media and Connection

Source: Pixgood.com
Source: http://www.Pixgood.com

When we are looking at social media, its complexities, its pros and its cons we have to acknowledge possibly the most outstanding advantage of social media is looking at the accessibility and speed to which we can interact with one another through various messaging platforms and social media sites. I want to focus on Social media connection, its pros and its cons with regard to various popular platforms.

When looking at connectivity over the web and internet we have to look at the most popular sites that connect us to one another. The most popular social media platforms for connectivity include;

  • Facebook; There are now over 1.15 billion Facebook users to date and growing
  • Google+; There are now over 1 billion  with Google+ enabled accounts
  • Twitter which has over 550 million and growing rapidly
  • others include Pinterest, Linkedn, Flikr etc.

Social Media Connection

So as you can see social media is growing so powerful and its this growth, its influence on connectivity we have to look and also the possible problems. Connectivity of today is easy as opposed to the past. We can easily look at history and look at the influence of connection. Now lets look at history, when we go back at least 20 years we can see that obviously the technology we had back then is merely something of an “ancient” artefact to be harsh, its because we are not in this day and age familiar with for example, the letter, the cell phone or the telegram going far back because we do not necessarily write letters anymore nor do we use “block” telephones. Connectivity is always essential in any time period but now in this day and age connectivity is easy like 2+2. Nowadays everything we do is on social media. The fact is  the majority of our connection is done online.

Having media platforms giants like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ makes it very easy for us to connect to one another without problems in connectivity and speed. We are able to connect to friends at any time in the day regardless pf where we are due to Wi-Fi and various advanced mobile technology. The great advantage of this is that people are given the ability to connect to people without delay. Business’s also do a lot of their business marketing and connectivity through social media in order to appeal to their target audience.

This vast speed in social media conenction provides the following benefits;

  • Breakdown in social barriers
  • Businesses benefit due to closer connection to its target market
  • People can communicate with friends and family throughout the world
  • People can connect and make new friends and acquaintances
  • Spreading of Cultures
  • Globalisation benefits

The Dramatic Downside to social media connectivity

Source: www.redmondpie.com
Source: http://www.redmondpie.com

For us social media networking is important in our everyday lives, we incoporate it into our professional and personal life. With great advantages comes great drawback and disadvantages. The main problems and disadvantages of social media connectivity indclude the following;

  • Privacy
  • Terrorist connectivity through accounts and propogranda
  • Fraud/Spam
  • Social Media Depression
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Lack of face to face interaction
  • Isolation from the world and your surroundings
  • World is condensed
  • Loss of cultural values and norms
  • Hacking and social disorder
  • Censorship

The problems are quite evident and very problematic in todays society because social media is so large, less is not known and word spreads withing seconds throughout the world due to this vast connectivity. I will cover some of the problems above in more detail above in the coming weeks. For now lets just acknowledge as media grows, its connection grows, more problems will arise and maybe some problems cannot be stopped because the nature of Social Media follows its own structure and creation. That’s all for now folks, I will be looking at Cyber Bullying next week so stay tuned to my blog.