Why should we trust our information with people who would give it away freely? That’s the question that many were forced to ask when it was revealed that Facebook sold people’s info to Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm. This data was used to help target people with ads during the presidential election. Facebook willingly gave people´s information away, knowing that they would be betraying their trust. Continue reading Privacy in the Information Age
This platform has taken over the lives of teenagers. We are enveloped in the personal lives of celebrities and those of our friends. The home to DJ Khaled and Kylie Jenner, this is where we post our weirdest selfies and our artsiest stories. Yep, of course: Continue reading Instagram’s More Casual Counterpart: Snapchat
You’re sitting on your couch, staring at the TV on spring break, all of the shows already watched. You decide to look at Instagram, in search of a cure for your boredom. When you look at your phone, a small screen in your hand, you see your friends in the Caribbean, relaxing on the beach, ziplining in Costa Rica, or taking a picture from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Continue reading Instagram Envy
Essena O’Neill is 19-year-old woman from Australia who decided to quit social media. She was a part of a new phenomenon of “Instagram models,” typically girls ranging from the age of 15 into their 20s, who decide to take a stand against the obsessive perfectionism fueled by social media. She was often paid for wearing a dress, tagging the designer and posting it on Instagram for her 500,000 followers to see. But then, in early November, she decided to leave the social media world. Many people are asking, “but why would she do that? Why would she walk away from that perfect life?”
Since YouTube was released in 2005, one simple thing has made it different from other social media sites. On other sites there could be some kind of upgrade, or class (you would have to pay for), that made the split between the people who could afford, and those who couldn’t. An example of this is on Instagram. You can pay to get old, unused accounts, to follow yours, using an app that you have to pay for. It’s sort of like a bribe. YouTube was never like this, until now.