OPINION: Social media and peace for Paris


Peace for Paris

This symbol, created by artist Jean Jullien, appeared on social media shortly after the Paris terrorist attacks to show solidarity for the victims.

Thanks to social media the world is able to hear about what is happening in different countries. People can hear new music, movies, events and news. Because of sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, people hear about breaking stories that are happening that very moment.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, Beirut, Lebanon was attacked by ISIS suicide bombers, killing at least 43 people and injuring more than 200 others. With journalists in the area, they are able to report immediately and let people know what has happened, by sending out tweets.

Friday, Nov. 13 another attack happened in Paris, France and within minutes the world knew what had occurred. Hashtags were made, as well as pictures for the country, showing peoples support.

Saddleback College student Jill Dalitz, 25, said social media can connect people, but can also be a distraction from living life.

“I think it has caused problems, opens communications and creates another type of reality for people to live in,” Dalitz said. “It can be good if used for positive reasons and not so good when used to harm or cause damage.”

Some might say that social media is taking over new generations, making them unsociable. But can that really be a bad thing when it is important for everyone to know what is happening around the world? It seems that social media can be used for good and for evil.

There are always pros and cons to every situation. On these sites some might believe that social media should only be used to stay in touch with friends or family members. It’s a way of staying in touch with cousins living in a different country.

Others say it should only be used to see pictures of places around the world, or for business. And for most, this is a world where they can do everything.

There is one thing that is for certain, if it weren’t for social media, no one would have heard about these attacks right when they happened. Before, it would take a few days or weeks to hear about these events.

It has also helped people find friends and family members. Hotels have even made hashtags so people can find a place to rest for the night.

There should always be a limit to how much something is being used. It is important to stay connected without getting addicted. In today’s world it has become a useful tool, a way to interact, get the truth and help others around the earth.

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