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It can cause stress, anxiety, and sleeplessness. It also has a lot of “self-promotion, narcissism, click bait, trolling, propaganda and pressures to conform have become dominant in social networks, causing some individuals to experience the loss of self-confidence and self-esteem. This encourages them to lose faith in others and adopt a negative world view.”
Digital media is also crucial in mass communication because it can also spread misinformation. This article, “Russia is ‘amplifying’ claims of mail-in voter fraud, intel bulletin warns.” shows the importance of maintaining security on social media. People have been able to make fake websites and social profiles to promote their own agendas. I am not going to get into politics in this article, however, I will address what areas will experience change and things that may come.
New platforms that do not rely on surveillance capitalism may evolve. These platforms will have to adhere to stricter rules that make the companies liable for users’ data privacy and safety. “Cyber-insurance” will most likely be created to protect people from cyber-related crimes. People will be allowed to fully delete their presence from a platform instead of only being able to temporarily disable it. Information-based digital literacy will be more readily available. Sites, platforms, and apps will automatically fact check posts, articles, “facts”, and more to prevent the spread of misinformation. This will most likely be aided by an ethical artificial intelligence that will help filter and fact check news articles that are shared automatically. This would also improve the economic stability of the news media.
Journalism has a significant effect on mass communication and the future of digital media because of the impact that journalists have with their news. This is exponentially becoming more relevant because of the advancement of technology and people’s growing use of social media. Technology now allows people to consume media directly on their phones and other portable devices, this makes it imperative that theories have been researched and the sources of the knowledge are transparent. Theory is important for understanding nearly everything around us and also to our futures as media professionals. It is important that we continue to develop new technologies for fact checking such as ones with artificial intelligence and help prevent the spread of misinformation.