on November 25, 2019 by Sean Michael Milligan in Journal, Comments (0)


Lately, we’ve been discussing in class the role of social media in journalism. The prevalence of social media is something that worries me. Not just on a systemic level, though it seems like there’s mounting evidence that social media is having a lot of negative psychological effects. But personally, social media just isn’t something I care to engage with. I’m taking Dr. Erdeljon’s Web and Social Media Design class this semester, and running a social media campaign is utterly exhausting. The idea of Twitter or Facebook or any other social media app being a major part of my professional life is not one that I find appealing in the least.

The odd thing is, it seems like a lot of people I talk to about the topic of social media feel similarly. That’s almost certainly just confirmation bias, I know, but I do wonder if social media use might eventually peak, or even burst like the dot-com bubble back in 2000. In the meantime, I’ve definitely identified something I don’t want to do professionally, and according to sources in my first article, that’s a good thing.

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