Social Media Incentives
It’s difficult, even impossible, to deny the enormous role that social media plays in this day and age. They are forums and platforms for individuals to express themselves, communicate, and stay informed about the world. Celebrities, organizations, and companies use them to promote, market, and advertise themselves. However, when such platforms allow for such open communication, there’s bound to be hostility and invective. Anonymous social platforms such as Secret and Yik Yak have come under fire for this particular reason. Recently, users have voiced concerns about the same issue on Facebook and Twitter as well, especially in response to controversial events such as the Brown-Ferguson shooting. The system currently in place on most social networks for handling offensive and inappropriate posts is the “report” function. If an individual doesn’t like what he or she sees, he or she can report the post or comment to the administrators. However, the various social platforms differ with regards to how the reported post is handled. Sometimes it’s instantly removed, sometimes it’s first evaluated, other times no action is taken. A consequence of this is that a social network is essentially dependent on its community of users to keep the space clean and appropriate. Some have voiced the concern that this a limitation on freedom of speech. This brings us to the question: just how “free” can free speech get on public forums such as social media networks, especially when under the cloak of anonymity? Interestingly enough, Mark Zuckerberg recently publicly discussed the possibility of adding a “dislike” button to Facebook. Users have been clamoring for the addition of such an option for a while now, and Zuckerberg has stated that the company is currently working on something of the like. He has made sure to elucidate that while he’s all for Facebook users being able to express a fuller range of emotions, he’s wary of the very real possibility of abuse with the introduction of a button that explicitly says “dislike.” The addition of such an option would certainly add more fuel to the fire with regards to the debate over freedom of speech on social networks. It’s very apparent that as our society as a whole depends more and more heavily on technology and digital platforms to stay connected, the issue of freedom to post becomes significantly more of a concern. While there is absolutely no “correct” way to approach this issue, it’s clear that it cannot be left unaddressed.

  • Richard

    I agree. A wise businessman in the Caribbean named Sir Kyffin Simpson always said that the key to success is progression and humility, and clearly he’s done very well for himself as a self made man!

  • John Andrews

    The Airgain IPO launches this week, and they’re a one-brand company.

    Some investors don’t think it’s a good stock though:

  • Cincinnati World Cinema

    Well said, Joe, and worth rereading on a regular basis! Another advantage of small-to-midsize city living is pace and competition. Living in NYC, LA and SF entailed a hectic pace, hallmarked by capital S striving, as one realized there were a ton of others doing what I do. Spending so much time in one’s car in SoCal meant much less time for quality pursuits and pleasures. A smaller pond with relaxed pace allows one to savor life and special moments.

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