Facebook Follies


By Asia Jones

The impact of popular social networking sites in the media shows up in France also.

In this article, a man pursued a female from the Facebook Web site and lured her with false pretenses, as a professional photographer, to molest her at his “studio.” Though the offenses are different, this is similar to the 2007 Myspace charade that lead to the death of a young female in Missouri.

This story, like others, brings to the forefront how permeated in popular culture Facebook has become. Not only is it embraced by a wide range of age groups, but it is also a new target for the media outlets. These outlets go on to point out the need for privacy and the use of social networking sites such as Facebook. Media also uses the popularity of Facebook to address political issues, including the incident with newly appointed head of Britain’s Spy Agency, Sir John Sawers covered by France 24 when his wife uploaded personal family information about who the family vacations with and their relatives.

A common question raised by the media after such incidents is how safe is the Internet. However, maybe another question should be how safe is the internet from the media? Irnoically enough, they cover the above stories by focusing on the need for privacy and its importance but use the lapse of said privacy to make prime time news coverage.

Food For Thought: Even the wording is used to get a certain response out of the audience. In the young girl’s case, the word “victim” may be a tool used to take away the personal responsibility of the person. The responses to Sawer’s incident that the media outlet chose to use in the story also served a purpose in how the media thought the general population should respond to the incident.

Maybe we should give equal consideration to what information is given and who is giving it to us.