A few years ago when twitter first launched, it was a site where people would go to escape from family members on facebook or just simply have a laugh. Years later, it has become a place where people share their personal views, memes and most recently, a news outlet.
As it still is all of those things I have started to realise the changes in the way the internet affects the way in which we think and also take in daily news.
Everyday on the popular app there seems to be some type of negative story of something happening in the world, whether it’s Donald Trump’s racist tweets or the Libyan Slave Trade, there is always something going on.
Because some of us rely on twitter for news, we miss out vital information which follows the story, yes the slave trade for one should not be happening in 2017 but the videos spread on twitter quickly and we are ‘outraged’ for a few days before something new comes along.
The internet moves fast and each day shows how we dependent we are of it but the question is ‘how will this affect us long term?’
The answer is not simple I guess, there’s some positives and negatives to it.
The positive being we get to see news from all over the world as it happens but the bad thing is “the outrage” that comes with it. The internet is globalised, anything you want to know is a search away or it has gone viral.
Of course,knowledge is power. If you know what is going on around the world you are more aware of attitudes and culture but it is not a 100% representative of the people. Although we have all this knowledge and understanding we just become critical and judgemental towards those who do not agree with us.
I guess in all this what I am trying to say is, how do you encourage people to become critical thinkers in the days where opinions change frequently and ‘honest news’ is whatever someone tweets and manages to go viral within a couple of minutes?