Social Media and the Modification of Public Space

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The rapid, unprecedented, and phenomenal rise and proliferation of social media platforms, like say, for instance, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Google+, Orkut, and LinkedIn, among others, have not only raised the bar on personal and brand focusing and communication but has also opened up new vistas of online interaction, thus impacting upon the delicate and fragile balance between the constituents of private space, corporate space and public space, each, prospectively competing against the other for more mileage, coverage, and visibility in the sprawling and ever-growing internet-aided communication superhighway. Sites such as focus on providing legit followers for such interactions.

On the one hand, these platforms provide for mass exposures and publications of public discourses, creating and churning modifications and even restructuring of public space, and one the other, offer innovative novel, and newer methods of mass communication both within one’s circle or even beyond it.

It would certainly not be considered a truism or distortion of fact to reinstate that social media, with its pronounced and marked penchant and proclivity for public space changes and relaying, also offers newer forms of political conversations, participatory journalism, and direct interfacing between citizenry, political clout and culture elitism, thus offering a full-fledged kind of democratization process bout within and outside the domains of public-private lives of many of its users and perpetrators.

Besides, social media, acting for the redefining and restructuring of public space and its technology-aided architectures, steers users along desired and favored courses. In essence, they penetrate the dynamics of daily lives, reshaping the contours of informal personal interactions of people and their interaction, and offer affectation of institutional structures and professional routines. Through these deliberations, social medial also penetrates deep into the dynamics of everyday lives, personal and informal, thus reshaping the contours of personal interactions and interfaces, and, affect institutional structures and professional routines.

This also impacts upon the political shades of the media landscape, adding life, verve, vitality, and vigor to it. Indeed mass media, with help from civil society organizations or NGOs, state institutions and agencies, and private players, help reshape the structure, content, and formats of public spaces through ingenuity, idealism, innovation, and creativity.

Essentially, what social media in the context of public space restructuring does is to question and challenge, on the one hand, traditional forms for formal institutions, like news, public broadcasting, law and order, and on the other, also consider informal institutions like political and social activism, social groups, communities, cliques, and factions.

Next, there is also a need to consider technological perspectives, presentations of scholarships examining the mechanism of selection. Further, there is also a need to consider how the conferences solicit economic, political, and social perspectives and how does social media impacts operations and economies of media production, dissemination, and utilization in the social media context of public space.

It is also important to consider how such technologies impact the power relations between social actors and their conduct in the spheres of social media activities, reporting, and feedback. These are indeed major issues that cannot be avoided or cast aside in the context and relevance of social media and how it modifies and perpetuates public space.

The main issue that needs to be focused on is essentially how social media, viewed from various perspectives, transform and redefine public space modifications, or the concept of publicness.

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