- November 12, 2020
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This event is (unfortunately) over!
Along with the initiation of technology is social media, of which the negative impacts affect us not only unintendedly, but also intendedly. In his pioneering visionary novel, 1984, George Orwell foreshadowed a dystopia where information was manipulated to keep control on the population, as he quoted: “The invention of print, . . ., made it easier to manipulate public opinion, and the film and the radio carried the process further.” Although the year of 1984 luckily didn’t follow his vision at all, the present is starting to look like his vision. Tons of false information get brought out by media moguls, political parties spread misleading information about social and demographic aspects to wag people’s focus on alarming matters and serve the formers’ purpose. Either it is for a good or bad intention, it has sparked an alarming reality where we cannot believe whether what we are reading, listening to, or even seeing is the truth anymore. Media now have the power to bend reality at their convenience, and sadly, not everybody has the capability to separate the truth from the false. Even if they do, they get flooded with too much false that they are starting to lose their sense of the news. What is even worse than what Orwell had feared, the evolution of misinformation not only further fueled by film and radio, it is even powered by other more advanced technology: social media, the internet, which have the ability to bring information to millions of people in a matter of seconds, making it far more dangerous than what printing, film, and radio can ever combine, not to mention they are bolstering the latter. Some might say this addiction is just a product of imagination, and it doesn’t exist. Ok, so during the 2 hours that I wrote all the text that hopefully, you have just skimmed, I looked at my phone precisely 20 times. Eighteen of which were to check out social media accounts, while the other two were to look at new words that I’m curious about, which I read during my time surfing on my laptop. If you are still mulling over this topic, THYNK’s “Social Manipulation” will be a perfect occasion to express your perception of this matter! Register in the link below. We can't wait to hear your opinion on this matter!