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!