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Are social media and increasing access to virtual reality altering our social interactions and expectations?
Journalism & Communication
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Part I - Topic Development General Topic: Are social media and increasing access to virtual reality altering our social interactions and expectations? 1. What is your thesis statement? My thesis statement is that social media has increased access to virtual reality that has also altered our social interactions and expectations.
The social/cultural and ethical aspects that I will concentrate on pertain to privacy issues and the development of friendships, as well a social circles on-line. These are activities that Americans previously loved to do in real time using physical interaction but has now migrated to virtual settings within the context of social media. 3. What are the opponents of your position likely to claim? My opponents will be most likely to claim that social media has enhanced the social lives of people and allowed for a greater degree of friendship development since social media is used as a world wide connectivity and discussion tool. 4. What is your response or reason that suggests your opponents are incorrect? Simply put, we may have a large friends list in our social media accounts but we do not really know anything about them. Social media creates shallow friendships that do not last beyond a shared interest in a particular activity. These are simply friendships suggested by the social media based upon our perceived likes and dislikes. 5. Cite at least TWO outside resources that support your position and one that expresses the objection to your position. Two outside sources that support my position will come from Jay Baer's article “Social Media, Pretend Friends, and the Lie of False Intimacy” along with Kathleen C. and Anuhea R.'s “Free Speech: Benefit or Liability?”. ...
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