I recently came across David McMillan’s blog post How to Ruin Your Life in 14 Minutes: Or Why We Need a Serious Conversation About the Ethics of Social Media on the Huffington Post and he addressed an issue I’ve been pondering for some time. In my previous blog post, I wrote about the consequences of social media for journalists and pr professionals. However, I didn’t talk about the consequences that uses of social media pose for individuals who don’t work in an media related field.
McMillan specifically addresses one of our previous discussions in class, teen use of social media. The general consensus in class was that teens were better equipped to use social media, however I would have to disagree. I think teens, as well as many young adults, aren’t aware of the long-term consequences that social media poses for individuals. Now, no one was given a guide about how to use social media when it first came out, and privacy policies and viewing preferences are ever changing in the social media world, but rarely is one given a pass for not being knowledgable of such things.
There has been a lot of conversation about what media literacy education should and shouldn’t consist of, as well as if it’s even relevant. I think media literacy is very relevant and that any media literacy curriculum should focus extensively on social media and online identities.
Although some think ignorance is bliss, the repercussions of ignorance most certainly are not.