ISIS and its use of social media as a conduit for negativity

It was merely the dawn of social media when terror organisations first started using the internet to propagate their extremist ideologies.  The platforms were not only rudimentary but played a largely inconsequential role in our lives. So while the Taliban, Hamas, and Al-Qaeda had an active online presence, it failed to penetrate society to the extent that ISIL does today. For networking sites are now an integral part of everyday life and perhaps as much a stronghold of the extremist group as Raqqa and Mosul – a consequence of two troubling facts; that the group emerged at the peak of the revolution and that the militants in control of the communications strategy are the very people who grew up alongside the platforms.  Continue reading

Is social media a conduit for positivity or violence?

When social media was but a baby, it was promoted as an unprecedented advancement in communication – a way to pick up a phone, pop in the car, or cross an ocean via a screen. Families split by miles could reunite. Business hindered by time difference could succeed. Love tortured by distance could prevail.  Society was spellbound.

As Bebo and Myspace grew up to be Twitter and Facebook, however, the dynamic of our relationship changed. For we are no longer merely under social media’s spell. We are victim to its curse. Over the next few blog posts, I will be addressing the question, “Is social media a conduit for violence or positivity?” Each post will focus on a specific subject of which social media is both our greatest ally and our worst enemy.  Continue reading

Review of MTV’s Eyecandy

From the television network that brought us Catfish, the latest scare tactic of MTV’S with regard to online dating is ‘Eye candy’. Whereas as the former is a reality based documentary series focusing on the psychological and emotional aspects of online love, the latter is a loose adaption of the book by R.L Stine, taking a more macabre, but no less real, approach to the subject. Continue reading

Five reasons why Kanye West would make a great president

On the 30th of August, at the 2015 MTV video music awards, time stood still. All that existed was one spliff, one man, and one speech. And when time began again, we had a 2020 presidential candidate – Mr Kanye West.

Since announcing his intention to run for President, Kanye has either been met with ridicule or outright dismissal. And to those guilty of either, I have something to say to you. You should be ashamed. You elected Bush twice. You elected Obama twice. Some of you are even supporting Donald Trump! But you can’t extend Kanye the courtesy of considering his candidacy with an open mind? Forget momentarily the Kanye we know, and envision the Kanye he could be. Here is a man with a dream, and here are five reasons why Mr. West would make a great President. Continue reading