Damian Light: Is social media a good tool for discussion or is it too unbalanced?

I had mixed feelings about social media but I do enjoy Twitter. The ability to connect, observe and engage with people all over the world is remarkable.

It’s empowering to be able to share you view so easily, something that was once reserved for journalists and TV presenters. Amazing freedom although it’s not entirely without risk. Cyber bullying is a serious issue that fortunately schools and families are tackling head on.

The fact that you can add people you want to listen to and ignore those you don’t means you can customise the information you see which is great. There is a risk however that too much control removes people from having to deal with other opinions. Debates are had but resolution isn’t required because people can be blocked or ignored.

There is also a divide between those that can afford and those that cannot. It’s very easy to forget that social media is not a mirror of society. If you’re struggling to put food on the table, you won’t be spending much time on social media.

It has its flaws but it’s not as bad as some people make out and it is a powerful tool if used properly.

– Damian Light, United Future

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