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Erin Prysiazny

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Do you believe that social media has influenced the credibility of our words?

For example, someone passes away and then gets hundreds of posts on their wall saying rest in peace, saying how they wished they knew them, or how they miss them so much. Can we trust the credibility in this? Or assume people are looking to be awarded with "likes" and encouragement since it shows they are "caring"?

In my opinion, I feel like the things people write in public space (i.e. your wall) makes your words far less credible because it's not a personal message between you and someone else, it's for the whole world to see. Am I wrong to think this?

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    Feb 1 2013: I feel like social media has opened up a new dimension of communication. Before social networking sites began popping up on the internet, we communicated mainly through face-to-face conversation, telephone calls, and handwritten (or typed) letters. But now that we've harnessed the power of the internet, we have become accustomed to exchanging ideas with our peers instantly.
    With this breakthrough in communication, there comes several advantages and disadvantages. Some might feel more comfortable engaging in conversation when they don't have to be seen doing the action; others might feel as though what they say on the internet cannot necessarily be traced back to them, therefore they get the sense that they will be held unaccountable for what they post online. There are also those who use social media with the same mindset as they would real-life situations: they post only what they truly believe and are willing to back up anything they say if confronted by someone else.
    I guess what I'm trying to say is, the credibility of one's words is dependent on how accurate of a portrayal one's posts online are to what they truly believe.

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