Media In Social Media

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Social media can be a great tool for utilizing modern communication techniques. Young people make up a large percentage of social media users. Teenagers frequently browse forum and imageboard websites to look at content they enjoy. Many different groups of people use these forms of communication to voice their opinion or advertise an important issue. Recently, the alt-right uses modern social media to spread their extremist ideals and opinions. The article explains that many young people are in danger of going down the extremist path, due to the alt-right's use of propaganda in the form of memes and other teen friendly media. While the alt-rights reach has extended to more young people, the actual effect of the propaganda is not as severe as some may believe. The article, “What is the Alt-Right?”, begins with an email a high school student sent to a conservative magazine about how most of the males in his class identify with alt-right ideas and converse about them at school. The author of the article, Cory Collins, claims that the rise in teenagers accepting alt-right values points to the fact that the alt-right is becoming more daring in their recruitment efforts. The white nationalist Richard Spencer created the term alt-right, or “alternative right” in an effort to rebrand white nationalism. People affiliated with the alt-right desire a world in which people embrace "traditional" white values. The alt-right commonly utilizes unregulated websites and social media to reach young people with propaganda extremely easily. The article explains that the far right ideas become hidden within memes and other teen friendly media, and posses a subtle message conveyed by a joke. Collins argues that “alt-right information is distilled into easy-to-digest videos, memes and sound bites, often imbued with a snarky, nobody understands me tone” (Collins).The extremist ideals appeal mostly to men with young impressionable minds who spend a large amount of time online and trolls who feel powerless or identify as losers. Teenagers usually do not trust traditional methods of receiving news and prefer user created videos and other alternatives. Dr. James Hawdon explains that when young people construct a belief system from

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