For this weeks assignment we are to reflect on an article of our choosing which is regards to media law and censorship of social media. I chose an article on an event which took place recently involving multiple atheist bloggers in Bangladesh. The link is as follows:
The reason I chose this one is because it truly touches on the issues involving many countries and censorship. However, what makes this one unique is that the punishment was not inflicted by a state-mandated law. Instead, the religion of Muslim has such a strong hold in the country that citizens took a brutal vigilante justice into their own hands.
I like this article because I think it brings a whole different aspect of discussion to the topic. Sure, it’s pretty black and white about what you can and cannot do on the internet when the government makes laws about it. But what grey area is involved legally when an entire society wants to brutally murder someone in a country that has an overwhelming majority view? This investigation is still pending but it gets even more interesting when the country in question does not hold their citizens as accountable for such actions as they do in the US. Or, if the governing parties are also so blindly religious that they support the murderer instead of the free speech activist because their beliefs align.
So as the lectures went on this week about what Social Media truly means, and how it’s different facets are dissected, I couldn’t help but wonder if younger generations see the topic as black and white as we do. It started to get me thinking that perhaps it is easier for us as the ones who grew up during the evolution of social media progressed, to understand the influence it had on us. I feel as though it is easier to be self-aware of the personal impact of social media when you once had a time when it’s presence, and all it’s abilities, were not around. Then every time a new medium came a long (Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat) we were able to critically analyze how it has changed our perspective of the social media world, and the impact it’s new ability has had on us.
Now, that being said, imagine you were born in the last 10 years. Every single thing that we find new and exciting about social media has either not been engrained in your mind yet, or you are like a ton of other American 10 year olds and you already know how to use it. Do these kids have the same amazement and appreciation for the technological and social advances that we do? I personally doubt it, but who’s to say?
This idea also leads to another train of thought: If these younger generations are growing up with iPhones, virtual reality games, etc. Are their levels of excitement being burned out? If you grow up with something like modern technology from a young age, then I feel you would be less likely to find it intriguing as an adult. We as adults find the fact that you can Skype your friend across the world astounding, still. But why would they? This has always existed to them. What would have to come next for this next generation to be wow’d by social technology? Food for thought.