Today the term is Trending! WHO decides ‘what Trending is’? WHAT is Trending (definition)? WHY is it Trending? WHERE is it Trending? WHEN did the Trending begin? HOW was Trending determined to be Trending?
Let’s each explore those 5Ws & How . The answers might give insight into some of our beliefs, values and norms that affect our thoughts, attitudes and behaviors. Who Decides the News determines our culture and our biases.
Social media is not only creating global communities it is also creating our culture, determining our News. How intentional is this process?
How is this accomplished by social media? The debate about drones makes me wonder how is social media shaping my thoughts and determining what is newsworthy.
Our Failure to Listen and our failure to ask those questions now may lead to diversity with explosive conflicts and without meaningful multi-cultural communication. The latter is necessary for appreciation and understanding of other cultures in a multi-cultural world.
Finally, who is watching as social media selectively selects our content and determines what is Trending?