Social Media In Witch-Hunting

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Social Media: The New Name in Witch-Hunting “The media may be new, but the punitive messages and appetites remain the same. Today’s tech simply provides new outlets for the worst behaviour” (Gaskill). For over 19 years, social media sites have changed the way humans communicate. Social media sites have affected individuals in positive and harmful ways. These sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat in some way have used “witch- hunting” to harm others. According to the Merriam Webster, witch-hunting is “the searching out and deliberate harassment of those (such as political opponents) with unpopular views”. The argument is made that the communication among others on social media has drastically increased and has led to thousands of witch-hunts. Social media is similar to the events of the 1692 Salem witch trials and the written play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Social Media is a form of communication in which a person shares information, personal ideas, and thoughts online. The foundation of social media began in 1997 when the first social media site Six Degrees was developed. Since 1997, social media has become an iconic name and has now become part of this generation's conversation. There are over 100 million people using social media to gain access to the digital world, with over 20 social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram (Milanovic 1). Roughly 80 percent of teens and 20 percent of adults use social media daily and almost half of the
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