hum176-Midterm Exam - Axia College Material Appendix A...

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Axia College Material Appendix A Midterm Exam Answer each question below. Answers should be approximately 100 words per question. 1. What are the different forms of social media that exist today? Provide examples of different social media and their primary purposes. There are several different forms of social media that exist today. Blogs are one form that is based on written journal entries. Blogs allow users to post comments and contain links to other sites. One example of a blog is Talking Points memo which contains political posts. Blogs have also evolved into Vlogs, which contain video. Another form of social media is instant messaging. Instant messaging allows users to make friends lists and send real time text to each other via a computer. One of the most popular forms of instant messaging is AIM. Wiki websites are also considered to be social media. Wikis approach many different topics and allow users to update the information. One of the most common wiki websites is Wikipedia. Social networking sites, such as Facebook and Myspace, are also considered social media. These sites allow users to create personal pages, add photos, make lists of favorite things, and send messages to friends. Finally, massive multiplayer online role playing games are also considered social media. These sites allow users to create an online avatar, chat or compete against each other in a virtual world. One of the most common role playing games available is World of War Craft. 2. What are the greatest benefits of social media for individuals and society? Social media has provided great benefits to both the individual and society. Individuals have greater access to information and participate in the sharing of this information. Individuals are also able to stay connected with one another. An individual has the same opportunity to share on the internet as big corporations. Society benefits because communities are formed. These can be purely social communities, communities that share the same illness and are able to help provide support and information, and many other types of communities. Politicians have to be more aware of their actions and statements as they are instantly available via social media, and the public is holding them accountable in many new ways due to being able to have access to this information. 3. What are the greatest problems of social media for individuals and society? Many problems for the individual and society exist because of social media. This includes the ability for criminals to commit fraud, identity theft, having data gathered unethically, allowing the government to conduct surveillance on the common citizen, and inappropriate content. This allows the weak to be taken advantage of. It also exposes today’s children to content
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