Mesa Community College Messages and Digital Media Discussion Questions
Please answer one of the following questions:
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, four Oklahoma State University students tweeted a group selfie; two of the students were wearing blackface, causing outrage on campus. In another incident, several students were expelled from a Texas university for posting a Snapchat video of a peer in blackface, wearing baggy clothes, sporting exaggerated lips, and making offensive racial jokes. Comment on these incidents in the light of the students’ eventual job search. What advice would you give your peers about posting on social media?
Traditional mainstream media act as so-called gatekeepers that vet the news and decide what kind of content gets published. However, social media networks have changed the game. Now anyone with an Internet connection can publish anything, even fake news, and reach vast audiences in mere seconds. What are the benefits and dangers of this unprecedented access and speed of distribution?
- Some marketers employ machines to inflate the number of likes and fans online. So-called bot networks (botnets) operate large numbers of fake accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. A rental agency based in Washington, D.C., went from two fans to almost 15,000 within a few days. How do you feel about companies and their brands pretending they have actual traffic on their sites and buying likes?