The Ugly Side of Social Media

Ferguson

I recently read an article in the NY Times about social media and the negative effects that it can have.  For example, the recent protests regarding the decision not to indict the officer who shot and killed an unarmed African American teenager in Ferguson, MO.  Violent protests erupted, and there was suddenly an onslaught of videos and articles of police brutality.  Facebook, Twitter and other social media were suddenly covered with negativity.  It only feeds the fire.  It is certainly not an issue to be taken lightly, however, we as society tend to focus on the ugliness of the world and forget about the good.  Few and far between were the articles or videos that showed an officer doing good.  There is always good along with the bad, but it seems that society clings to the negative and it catches like wildfire.

Reference:

http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/what-ferguson-says-about-the-fear-of-social-media/?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%222%22%3A%22RI%3A12%22%7D&_r=0

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