In April of 2005, Youtube was created by three gentlemen. Since then, mass media has been created by everyday people like you and I. Anyone with a webcam suddenly was given the ability to put their voice into a global network. Michael Wesch (link to his Youtube channel) discusses the culture of mass media through the many ways in which videos can become viral in a matter of hours.
Wesch also discusses the network between different social media programs. The community between each app and website allows for a massive spread of something to occur. For example, a video from Youtube can travel to review sites, to bloggers, and then to networks such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
Alec Couros also explores this topic through the continuously changing trends of social media. Social medias can create a new sense of community with friends, family, and even strangers that benefit us in so many ways. For example, students are now able to present themselves in front of a global audience without leaving their homes. As teachers, it will benefit our students greatly if we are aware and are educating them on this amazing, yet dangerous fact.
Of course, there are some downfalls to the identities that can be created on social media. If abused, programs can be used to scam people, steal identities, and expose individuals. Also, apps that allow activities such as live streaming and untraceable messaging or photos can create a negative space in the social media world.
Overall, as an educator, it is important to always be aware of the trending apps and programs and to be comfortable with this new culture that impacts every students lives in our classroom.