The collaboration of Zuckerberg and British Prime Minister David Cameron may seem like an unlikely match considering the two figures seem to have little more in common than do a dog and a horse. However, this inclusion of social media in high-priority political issues has not only kick-started a fresh spin on politics, but has also signaled a trend focusing on the necessity and importance of social media in daily life which has spread like wildfire among the masses.
Facebook has become an environment where planning, participation in, and discussion of politics, current issues, and movements are welcome and encouraged. Social networks, in this sense, have become a public sphere in which public opinion may be formed, and where citizens in not only the U.S., but in countries all over the world, may engage in critical rational debate. Elaborating further, art, music, political issues, and countless other topics are not only discussed, but also shaped and redefined in social media “nations.” Consequently, more power is placed in the hands of the people; currently taking place is a transformation, participation, and connection like never before. More direct interaction is occurring between the people and the government due to social media. Thus, opinions and input seem to matter more in a world where people are easily downsized to a speck living on a bigger speck; individuals are collectively working together with social media as a tool, to make their voices heard. “It’s harder to put out thousands of revolutionary fires burning across the Web,” (p.2) Andrews writes.
Social networks can also expand opportunities for increased knowledge and success among the masses. Social media, like Facebook, serve as a form of news outlet that is surprisingly often efficient and reliable, not to mention fast. A personal example would be the bomb threat that occurred this past Tuesday. I was informed of this situation on Facebook long before I was notified by any other source. Facebook and Youtube, among other social media sites, may also spark a career or even lead to fame. As Andrews suggests, “social networking is no longer just a pastime; it’s a way of life.” (p.3)