Social Media Recognition

Concepts

Awareness, Validity, Documentation

Summary

Silverman attests to the fact that social media has become a way to validate one’s social life, and that it is most important to use it as a way to broadcast events that happen in our lives. The author does not try to claim that all means of documentation in the social media realm are unauthentic, however, often times there is an ulterior motive when choosing to post these events.

Quotations

“This ephemerality contributes to social media’s tendency towards self-consciousness and the constant calibrating of one’s public persona (Silverman, 2015).”

“This is also the unspoken thought process behind every re-blog or retweet, every time you pink something that has already been pinned hundreds of times. You need it for yourself. Placing it on your blog or in your Twitter stream acts as a form of identification…It must be held…in your hand, and so by reposting it, you claim some kind of possession of it (Silverman, 2015).”

Commentary

I agree with what Silverman has to say about social media, and the way we choose to use it. A large point made by the author of this article is that the recognition one gets from his or her post essentially is the deciding factor for how relevant or authentic the post is. In my experience, I have seen that the more recognition that a person gets, the less authentic the post becomes.

The concept that Silverman brings up of “ambient awareness” is interesting, because most times it is done unknowingly. Being able to keep tabs on someone’s life, or figure out how popular a person is just by the amount of likes or favorites he or she gets has become a norm on social media.

This idea is supported by Snapchat, and the idea of literally tapping through people’s daily lives. I believe that on social media, I do less posting and more just keeping up with friends, family, celebrities, etc. in their day-to-day endeavors. This does not make their motives less authentic just because I choose to recognize what he or she is doing/saying. However, for example when scrolling down my Twitter feed, I find myself gravitating towards the posts that have thousands of retweets and favorites, rather than the average post that has less. Perhaps this is because I

notice that others agree with what the person posts, so I am more likely to also share the common opinion.

Question

Does having knowledge that one will get recognized for your post influence the inclination to post more/less?

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