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Social Networking

Programming Computer Course Assignement
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Connor Pelletier

on 12 February 2011

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Transcript of Social Networking

Social Networking It connects people all over the world. Whether through common friends, groups, or fan pages; social networking keeps us linked and up to date on world events and issues. It is the purpose of this presentation to showcase how the world's advanced social networking influences many forms of world issues. Whether it be an environmental, governmental, or civil issue; social networking effects almost all of them in some way. Two prime examples of this are the 2001 terrorist attacks on the world trade centre, and more recently the unrest in Egypt. With social networking sites, or world wide news programs; the new social networking ,that is available to a majority of the world, has become a major factor in many world events. Although to some, it is still a sore topic for conversation, at the time it was all over everyone's social network. The 2001 terrorist attack on the world trade centre showcases how social networking can effect a world issue. This world event shows how the social network spreads fear through instant, and up to date information to anyone who accesses it; and also how the network can help to organize groups. Within hours of the attack there were already news stories and reports being made about the subject, giving the general public knowledge that would ordinarily be unavailable to them; such as death toll, number of survivors, and total cost. In addition to the figures, there was also footage of the planes initial collision with the towers circling the globe through the social network. The number of people who have access to this information is astounding. A study by Internet World Stats found that in "2000, 40% of the population of Canada used the internet daily" (http://www.internetworldstats.com/am/ca.htm) ; that's over 12 million people in Canada alone. It is for this reason that social networking affects this aspect of the 2001 attack so much, and also most likely the initial reason for the attack itself. The social network can be used to spread fear. Without any of this new age advertising, there would have been almost no way for the world to know about this disaster. People would have just continued living their lives normally, but instead we had a huge panic and developed new found fear of what terrorists are capable of. Imagine news before social networking; it could take weeks to even hear of an event's existence, much less learn all the details about it. But now with the press of a button, or the click of a mouse; we are instantly conected with news reports, and people all over the world telling us their versions of the story. It's this connectivity that is the heart and soul of the human social network. Apart from providing knowledge, this example also showcases very well how the social network can be used to organize groups. Through cellphones, network sites, and the media; an amazing amount of people were organized into rescue teams and sent into the wreckage of the two buildings and in the end saved many lives. Both through general knowledge distribution and the regulation of rescue teams, social networking had a major effect on this world event. A second example of the social network affecting a world issue is the, still occuring, unrest in Egypt. In this instance the social network -or the lack there of- has had a major impact on how events have played out. The people of Egypt find the conditions that they are living in, inadequate. Their Prime Minister Hosni Mubarak -who has been in power for over 30 years- refuses to address the problems brought to light by the people of his country. The Egyptians are focusing mainly on political and legal issues, which include free elections and free speech, low minimum wage, and food price inflation. In past revolutions, this knowledge would have been impossible to come by, but due to our advanced networking anyone can go onto a site like this, and find all the information that is currently availabile. Due to the immense number of these sites, the amout of information that people can obtain is almost limitless. "The revolution started on Facebook after Egyptian people organized a peaceful protest" (http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=199616), these protests then turned to demonstrations, rallys, and then eventually riots forcing the millitary to get involved. As you can see social networking created a huge change in the way the Egyptian people shared their information with the world. Using sites like Facebook and Twitter, and through cellphones and the media; the Egyptian populace were able to get their message across to sympathizers worldwide, and to each other. Although social networking has impoved our lives immensly, it has also made us become reliant on it. The Egyptian government learned this the hard way when they banned access to the social network from the people. They did this in order to take away their information sharing, and online protest capability, but actually just ended up angering the populace and making even more people become sympathetic to their cause. So as these two examples have shown, social networking has revolutionized the way we share information; whether for good, or bad. It allows us to have our voices heard anywhere in the world. It greatly improves our ability to organize ourselves. But with the good there is always a bad side and social networking is no different. We become so reliant on our new technology that when it is taken away, people just don't know what to do. I hope that this presentation has shown how much social networking effects world issues.
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