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The Power of Social Media September 29, 2010

Filed under: Social/Community Informatics — Anita DeCianni-Brown @ 10:00 am
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As a lead in to my side-bar top in my blog, I selected a passage from Gunilla Bradley’s, Social and Community Informatics:  Humans on the Net to focus on.  Bradley states, “If technology is used properly, it can give us more time for human contacts.”   (p. 80)   She goes on to describe scenarios that are pros and cons regarding the virtual world.  People spend enormous amounts of time in front of a computer screen.  There’s less dialogue, more text between people.  People hide behind their screen.  Some hiding from conflict, while others feel this sense of power to say to bully and degrade others.

 

But then, people can find a balance.  They can use the virtual world to promote and get others involved in events, that maybe they would not have know about.  Which takes me to my next blog about my project for this course.

 

I am working with the Green Island Food Pantry as a service project for this course.  Though I have worked on the Food Drive for 15 years now, I will be able to delve a little deeper into the inner workings of the Pantry.  I’ve put together a page on Facebook where hopefully others will post Food Drive activities they are involved in.  The one thing I have noticed in the past two years is the “power” of the social networks through the world wide web, and how one can promote the good deeds and projects that are out there.  Using Bradley’s comment, I will use the technology I have before me, promoting this event.  The days that we organize the various pieces of the drive from flyer distribution, to pick-up, organization, packing and then delivery ~ the human side and hearts will be out in full force.

 

Bradley, Gunilla.  Social and Community Informatics  Humans on the Net.  New York:  Routledge

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