What is Changed by Social Media?

04 May


The readings for these two days touch a common topic that how people integrate internet, web and social media in their personal life. One point of view is that people’s life is completely changed, while the other insists that nothing has been changed.

Frankly speaking, I did not feel the “change” as strongly as many people do. One reason, probably is that I grow up with the development of the web and social media, and I take it for granted. The other reason is related to the feature of my community. Chinese community is a very dense community, and the characteristic of it is not the “cluster model” as our textbook describes: with many “holes” and “weak ties”. On the contrast, it is a “network model”, where the people are linked and connected through their won social networks. It is similar to the current situation of the social media, through which people can always find “friend’s friends”.

However, at the same time, I have to admit that social media do speed up these connections and spread the connections across geographic barriers.

In our textbook, one point was emphasized repeatedly that the social networks and the seminaries among the nods inside the social networks are inter-dependent and inter-influential: the more similar the nods are, the more possible that they are in the same social network, and vise visa.  The social media, though, realize one amazing thing that the nods with different interests, purposes and background can co-exist in the same social network harmoniously. I think this is a crucial change that people can share, cooperate and collaborate even though they do not have “the same feather”.


4 responses to “What is Changed by Social Media?

  1. Sylvia

    May 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I think people of different feathers definitely give us variety and perspective in life. Technology lets us connect to those different nodes far easier than ever before. Thanks for your insights, Amanda!

    • yangamandazhang

      May 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you very much for your comment, Sylvia. The fascinating thing is that now the people with different feathers not only get together through social media but also start exchanging their feathers.

  2. Hillary Burridge

    May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Wow, I love your images and sociograms. I think they make it clearer and more memorable. I think you’ve got the best visuals in the class! Well done!

    • yangamandazhang

      May 10, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Hello Hillary, thank you very much for your comment. By the way, those pictures you posted are so lovely. Pictures say louder!!!


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