Social media connects the globe. It is used to share views, events, news, and so much more. Social media can also be a tool to spread views and politics globally. Through social media we have a direct connection to people all over the world to gain insight and news about what is occurring in their country and their government.
In an article for the New York Times Obama stated, in regards to preventing ISIS from gaining more supporters, “We need to find new ways to amplify the voices of peace and tolerance and inclusion, and we especially need to do it online” (Davis). Social media has become a tool for the government to reach our generation. There are few people in our generation that do not have at least one form of social media. It is powerful in that it reached billions of people in seconds and many trust the information they get from these sites without question.
However, social media can also be used as a weapon. The above mentioned article states that ISIS, “has a reach and agility in social media that far outstrips that of the American government” (Davis). Social media can be dangerous in that it can can spread falsehoods and convince many to follow a certain group or to share their beliefs.
Groups that wish to do harm can be extremely convincing online. They know to target those who feel like outsiders or who have violent tendencies. Social media is dangerously influential in our society. Our generation is too trusting of the Internet when it comes to reading news or facts. People rarely check the stories from a reliable source. It is a political force globally and has greatly influenced the way we see and talk about politics. Anyone is free to share their political opinions to millions of people at the click of a button. In a world dominated by technology it is becoming more and more difficult to resist the pull of social media and its political influence.