I don’t want my first blog post to bore any readers with an unengaging introduction to my life, interests, ect. Rather, I’ll provide a brief description of my life to really construct that reader-author relationship.
So my name is James Basoglou and I’m currently a year 9 student at Albert Park College in Melbourne, Victoria. I have always loved writing from a young age, and I go out of my way to develop English skills outside of classes. Along with this interest, I also enjoy exploring global topics such as politics and news.
Throughout my blog I attempt to disregard bias and look at situations objectively. My belief is that being a good author involves the ability to present the facts, and input of some level of opinion to bring the reader to their own conclusions.
So now that I have introduced myself and my intentions for my blog, I’ll get straight into today’s subject of discussion. What better to start us off than the topic of Social Media. As many of you may have seen online, Snapchat recently updated their app with a new feature. It allows for users to locate their friend’s location, and share stories from a particular location. Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel also announced a new approach for teens to delete their snapchat accounts.
This event has sparked conversation concerning the safety of those using Social Media. It has many parents worried, including my own, and I really don’t blame them. As a snapchat user, I don’t see how this really benefits the user experience. It seems like an unnecessary add on which can harm those who aren’t aware of it’s addition. In fact, I’ve heard of people using this update to their advantage by locating their friends on a map and getting their address.
Many media outlets have taken this danger and applied it to social media as a whole. This, in my eyes, is where they’ve gone wrong. Potential danger cannot infiltrate the social media image. I make this bold claim on the basis of one word: caution. The harm that this update may cause is being used as a weapon to attack social media. And while I do believe Snapchat should partly hold responsibility for their update, reality tells that the platform is only partially the problem.
Instagram is often portrayed as the demon child of social media, with images having geo data which can be extracted from, meaning that anyone can pinpoint where a photo was taken. Say all you want, but this isn’t Instagram’s fault. It’s the user’s fault. Although with claiming this, I believe that platforms as huge and widespread as Snapchat should prioritise user safety. I don’t believe Snapchat made a good decision, but in an era of competitiveness and saturation in the market, they’re taking the avant guard approach of trying to innovate. And I applaud them for that.
Social media has it’s positives, as well as countless negatives. My personal belief is that Social Media can be used for good – but can just as easily be abused for bad.
Thanks for reading. Interested to read your thoughts!