Entertainment & Media
By Christiana Fredriks
Volume 1 Issue 5
February 12, 2021
Original artwork by Christiana Fredriks
It’s no secret that the media can be a good and bad place, and since we all have it in everyday life - from our phones to laptops and other tech devices - everyone has a different opinion on it. Influencers, celebrities, and the public all have a platform on social media. Some people use their platform to spread negativity to others, while some use it to spread positivity and promote change.
Here Is what a few people had to say about this:
In your opinion is the internet worth the world attention?
“Yes, search engines like Google give us the ability to know anything just by the click of a button. The internet gives us the ability to communicate from anywhere around the world. In previous decades people had to wait for a newspaper, now we can see the news from an App.”
What is the meaning of a “cyber bully” in your opinion?
“I personally think that online bullying and bullying isn't acceptable and should no way be tolerated;
however, in my individual experience I don't take it to heart. I don't view bullying through a screen is much different from bullying someone face to face. They both negatively impact the victim. The media spread like wildfire, and soon enough even a lie that the bully makes up could seem real on the internet. Social medias would gossip no matter if it's a credible source.”
What is your opinion on social media?
“Right now, my opinion on social media isn't so great. Lately we've seen the removal of many prominent figures. from social media, like Mike Lindell and others, from social media. Big Tech and other social media groups seem to lately not be so fond of certain center-right individuals and have removed certain people spreading that type of ideology. I currently am a member of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram, and I can tell you that Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey need to do better than they are now.”
-Logan T. Balsan
In your opinion, is social media a good or bad influence?
“Social Media can be a bad influence if you're not careful. You can easily be influenced by toxic people and never know it, especially if they have a big following.”
In your opinion is the internet a safe space?
“Mostly yes, I think if people are careful with their internet behavior, the internet is generally safe.”
-John P. McCarthy
Here is the simple truth, the internet can be what you make it. Remember the saying: “you have control over one person, and one person only.” If you take that knowledge and apply it in this situation, it almost means the same thing. The internet is what you make it it can be safe for you and bad for others or safe for others and bad for you. It all depends on how you use it. And at the end of the day, you either learn something or you don’t.
-Huge thank you to Nora Chery, Annie Diep, Logan T. Balsan, Isabella Menjivar, and John P. McCarthy-