Thinking about Global Networks

Hey fellow DIGC202ers, my name is Charmaine and I am currently midway through a double degree in Media & Communication and Arts, majoring in International Media and Sociology respectively (as I’ve already whinged about in my ‘about me‘).

As for thinking of ideas to research in this subject…It could be interesting to look into how social media companies conduct experiments on us, like how Facebook recently revealed they controlled about 700, 000 users content without their permission. Following this revelation, Ok Cupid also announced that they purposely mismatched couples as part of an experiment to show that pretty much anyone can be matched. Aren’t there any codes of ethics for social media??

From my studies in both Sociology and Media, I have found I am more drawn to issues surrounding inequalities in the media. Representation of minority groups and women in the media are areas I am particularly interested in. I would also like to look into the relationship between social media companies and varying international laws. Another area I’ve found interesting  is the controlled marketing of products and celebrities on social media, and how consumers play a (unknowing?) role in marketing said products and celebrities.

So many possibilities!






About intersectionalalien

Hi hello people of earth/space/cyberspace, intersectional alien here. I’m still trying to figure out my place on this earth. I like intersectional feminism, feminism in popular culture, LGBTQ+, refugee rights, veganism, mental health, nihilism, travelling, unlearning institutional conditioning, good tunes and consuming and creating stories.
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1 Response to Thinking about Global Networks

  1. lozz491 says:

    Its interesting how the internet and the law have such a difficult and complex relationship. I am a law student and the internet appears to present serious issues for the law in terms of how the law can regulated in the face of such a constituently shifting and vast digital reality.Much of the law is derived from a history of past judicial review, the internet is something that none of the famous legal theorists saw coming. It exists contrary to the very introverted nature of the judiciary and appears as a very murky and convoluted wasteland. Ethical issues such as social media companies and variations in international legislation are things I am also interested in. Internet law is changing almost as fast as technology itself and as a result there are are a myriad of legal issues and questions surrounding this and and the future directions the law may take.

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