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elvin unthiah

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Can modern day media, be used to positively help and serve a cause for a movement that will benefit a society though propaganda?

For instance, using social media to raise awareness on how TED ideas can be spread and implemented for a better world. Ideas such as open government, educational reforms, architectural and technological innovations and much more. I believe it is feasible on a small scale and trying to access different perspectives to successfully achieve that goal. Nicholas Christakis speech demonstrate that we are influenced by our social network and there are other factors that affect the latter, while Amy Webb showed how she can reverse engineer online dating, my approach to the question is what is we can reverse engineer how people interact on social networks to where we make them aware that they, as citizens, have the power to influence their government to seek and open government or reduce corruption, among many more ted ideas with the proper collaborations.

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    Feb 13 2014: .
    Yes.
    "Using social media to raise awareness on " invalid happiness.
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      Feb 13 2014: I would really appreciate it if you could explain yourself in more depth..
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        Feb 13 2014: .
        Thanks!

        Here is a brief:

        (1) Valid happiness is the short-time feeling of things being a-step-better
        . . for keeping our DNA alive.
        (2) Invalid happiness is the short-time feeling of things being pseudo-a-step-better (actually a-step-“worse”)
        . . for keeping our DNA alive.
        . . E.g. having junk food, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, abusing drug,
        . . .... wasting (fashion, big house, touring, .... causing environment crisis),
        . . .... making too much money (causing inequality, crimes, wars, ....
        . . .... "destroying our planet", .... humankind self-extinction).
        (3) “Invalid happiness” is out of the valid scope of our instincts formed 10,000 years ago.


        About 90% of happiness we pursue today is invalid happiness.
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          Feb 13 2014: I think I understand, however, I cannot understand how you can consider:

          "Using social media to raise awareness on " invalid happiness.

          If the end goal is to bring valid happiness in the long run, then I would assume that Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. were able to bring valid happiness and as they strive to make a better world for mankind, therefore keeping mankind's DNA alive, and also promoted values and morals that influence people to make the right choices such as awareness and reduction of racism, crimes and many other ethical issues. There have been men and women that through the years have perpetuated this behavior and inspired others to follow these morally righteous paths. The means justifies the ends, even though the means are hard to categorize as valid or invalid happiness, but the results can be.
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        Feb 13 2014: I agree with your statement Elvin. Also, it is a personal judgment to try to dictate what is valid or invalid happiness to everyone.
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        Feb 13 2014: I think Ying is arguing that social media can be used to steer people away from poor nutrition, drug abuse, littering and so forth. There have long been media campaigns in this area.

        More broadly when people tweet out to their friends links to TED about living lives of meaning, that would be consistent with what Ying is talking about, I believe.

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