GEN499: discussion post 2

The introduction of new technologies has significantly affected the social lives of many. These changes, which reflect how people use technology to interact, provide an example of trends that you might examine in your Final Research Paper. For this discussion, identify a significant change that has occurred in the way people communicate and share information, and reflect on the impact this change has had on individuals and society in general today (local and global). Keep in mind that not all social trends affect all groups in society to the same degree. In addition, examine the influence of social media on an individual’s personal and professional pursuits.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references




  1. To successfully complete this week’s discussion, “Social Media,” read the following article found in NewsBank in the Ashford Online Library:
  • Scrutton, A. (2011, September 2). India’s social media ‘spring’ masks forgotten protests. New India-Times (New York, NY) 15.
  • To successfully complete this week’s discussion, “Social Media,” read the following articles found in ProQuest in the Ashford Online Library:
    • Boyd, D. (2011). Dear Voyeur, meet Flâneur…Sincerely, Social Media. Surveillance & Society, 8(4), 505-507. Document ID: 2357417231.
    • Foley, K. (2011, July 31). The net works for social students: Websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+ are valuable resources for academics who know how to use them, discovers Kathy Foley. Sunday Times, 14. Document ID: 2411856761.
  • To successfully complete this week’s discussion, “Social Media,” watch the following videos:
    • Qualman, E. (Producer). (2011). Social media revolution video 2011 [Video]. Retrieved from

      This video addresses the impact of the social media revolution.

    • Sweeny, F. (Reporter). (2010, August 26). What your post could cost you [Video]. In CNN. Retrieved from

      This video highlights the impact of social media on employment.

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