Social Media In Dark Days

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In the film Dark Days, we witnessed how groups of people, who share the same space, support each other both physically and emotionally. The same concept, or sense of community, can be applied to social media and networks created online. In fact, online communities are actually referred to as “new communities,” essentially, a community unburdened by things such as geography. Using social network analysis, which according to Katherine Giuffre (2013), “concentrates on relations among the members of a system rather than on the individual attributes of those members” (p. 3), we can see a much larger picture of a network or community. This means that studying how social media users are related to each other instead of making one user, the focus can …show more content…
Using Facebook as an example, each user is a node, and the relationship between a user and the people they are friends with, are ties. However, not all ties are equal. People that have a direct or personal relationship, or are connected multiple ways to a user, have stronger ties. The relationship between users in situations where there is no real connection, friends-of-friends for example, creates a weaker tie. In addition, these relationships are social capital, there are two types of social capital, bonding and bridging. In bonding social capital, people have social ties to others in similar locations or within their own group. In bridging social capital, people have social ties with others in different locations or outside of their own group. Social capital is used to measure “networks of trust, interaction, and reciprocity” (Stout et al, 2009, p. 21) therefore, understanding the social capital between relationships with others on Facebook is also very important to network-related …show more content…
Therefore, my network-related question is: what type of support do other people receive on Facebook? I want to explore what type of support people look for on Facebook, what type of support they actually receive, and who gives what type of support. Based on the information learned in this unit about the strength of relational ties, I would hypothesize that people receive superficial support from those with whom they have weak ties, and actual support from those with whom they have strong ties. The basis of my hypothesis is derived from patterns of face-to-face and online relationships, as discussed by K. Hampton and B. Wellman in “Neighboring in Netville: How the Internet Supports Community and Social Capital in a Wired Suburb”. While the study of Netville took place in a physical community, Hampton and Wellman (2003) note that: “communities are usually not groups, but are social networks that are sparsely knit, loosely bounded, and far flung” (p. 278). One can consider Facebook and other forms of social media as a community made up of social networks. Therefore, the findings of this study are applicable to my question regarding social media, specifically

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