Since the introduction of the digital age, the role of social media in nation building has been key in the development of public opinion. With a growing importance of perception within democratic countries, social media is now a very powerful tool. It can either be used as a tool to ignite destructive digital fires or as an instrument of social change.
In simple words, social media refers to the tools used to create, share, and exchange information or ideas in virtual communities and networks. Its role in building small businesses is also significant.
It functions as a communication link for the purpose of accessing people locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally. This article will look at the Role of Social Media in Nation Building and not tearing it down.With a growing importance of perception within democratic countries, social media is now a very powerful tool. It can be used to ignite destructive digital fires or as an instrument of social change. Click To Tweet
Use Social Media to build our nation and not tear it down
Recently, social media has transformed the game of communication and networking in the country. Kenyans from all walks of life have been using to communicate amongst themselves and also with their elected leaders.
Social media in Kenya just in other parts of the world has been used as a tool for giving voice to those excluded from access to the mainstream media.
It’s our responsibility to sieve out all that is bad and keep the good rather than abandoning all of it at once, being aware of the latent dangers of the social media.
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We need to make responsible use of social media for better tolerance and accommodation of divergent identities in our country.
We can make better use of social media to dissolve the walls of hatred and construct national identity which is the first and the most important step for nation building.We can make better use of social media to dissolve the walls of hatred and construct national identity which is the first and the most important step for nation building. Click To Tweet
Unlike other mainstream media, social media is a two way communication and gives voice to all, free from prejudice. That is why it is the first choice when it comes to building up a nation.
Talking about democracy, nation building involves structuring national identity as well as national development and the use of social media has helped in amplifying the effect of both of them in Kenya.
Role of Social Media in Our Lives
In his talk, Jake describes his experiences with social media as a teen and explores the effect it has had on his generation. Jake is a student at South Pasadena High School. Click To Tweet
People, teenagers especially, need to evaluate the role of technology and social media in their lives.
In his talk, Jake describes his experiences with social media as a teen and explores the effect it has had on his generation. Jake is a student at South Pasadena High School.
He is passionate about the topic of his talk: the changes that the digital age has brought about on teens like him.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.Learn more at Jake Swayze | TEDxSouthPasadenaHigh
Politics, Government and Media
The first political leader to build relationship with his supporters and gain their trust through Social media was Barack Obama in the year 2008 during US presidential elections. As a consequence of truly harnessing the power of social media, he not only won the elections but the voters’ hearts.
Social media has continually eliminated the barriers between leaders and followers and helped the leaders to connect directly to their people creating energy of involvement and participation.
Twitter among other social media platforms has given platform to Kenyans concerned about a common issue to come together, raise awareness and work towards eliminating it.
Such productive discussions encourage people to accept others even though their ideologies don’t match thus encouraging national unity, another vital component in nation building.
Online media is also emerging as a tool to fight gender bias. Various online campaigns and groups actively work towards eliminating gender discrimination so that women can contribute equally in building the nation and human resource can be used to its full potential.
New media has revived the spirit of nationalism by bringing the people of our country together. It has become synonymous with cohesion, unity, affinity and connectivity.According to social media expert Bailey Parnell, our growing and unchecked obsession with social media has unintended long term consequences on our mental health. Click To Tweet
Is Social Media Hurting Your Mental Health?
Scrolling through our social media feeds feels like a harmless part of our daily lives. But is it actually as harmless at seems? According to social media expert Bailey Parnell, our growing and unchecked obsession with social media has unintended long term consequences on our mental health.
As social media continues to become part of the fabric of modern life – the “digital layer” – abstinence is becoming less of an option. Bailey think it’s high time we learned to practice safe social before it’s too late. What are the common triggers? How are they affecting you over time? How can you create a more positive experience online?
Bailey covers this and more in “Is Social Media Hurting Your Mental Health?” Bailey Parnell was recently named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She is an award-winning digital marketer, public speaker and businesswoman with a talent for helping people tell better stories.
Her work and expertise have been featured on CBC, CTV & in other local Toronto media. Bailey recently founded SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company where they help people develop the essential skills needed for professional success. She also currently works in digital marketing at Ryerson University.
Bailey is a frequent public speaker having spoken to more than 10 thousand people. She primarily speaks about social media, personal branding, and media and mental health. She guest lectured her first MBA class at 21-years-old and has been the youngest speaker as multiple academic conferences.
She is currently pursuing her Masters in Communication and Culture with a research focus on social media and mental health, and holds an honours BA from the RTA School of Media at Ryerson. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.Learn more at Bailey Parnell | TEDxRyersonU
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