When COVID-19 became a global pandemic, the power that media holds became very clear to me. I was aware that it held great power, but after being in lockdown, it is very obvious how U.S. citizens immediately resort to it and trust it completely. Personally, the power that social media holds became apparent and it did not shock me. Because no one is allowed to continue with their daily routines, teenagers resort to posting on all platforms of social media, whether that’s Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok, etc. It became very clear that when there is “nothing to do” the youth is immediately captivated by their screens. The quote “Music is cultural glue among youth” from Danah Boyd’s “Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life” stood out to me because as everyone is stuck home, I have noticed that musicians are using their platforms to stream live performances for their viewers, which is something that usually does not occur when they are allowed to perform in real life. Because of this, the viewers are becoming more connected to their favorite artists and even people who enjoy the same taste of music. The power that social media holds is very powerful and even though it could be very detrimental, some people are using it as something beautiful and causing meaningful connections to occur, which is exactly what needs to be done during this period of time.
Reference: Boyd, Danah. (2007) “Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life.” MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Learning – Youth, Identity, and Digital Media Volume (ed. David Buckingham). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.