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Week 6

  1. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of using social media.
  2. Do social media platforms enable a rapid and global spread of harmful content?
  3. Does the risk of digital wildfires necessitate new forms of social media governance? How do you propose social media should be governed?
  4. Explore some examples of when social media has become harmful. Perhaps you might like to reflect on current/historical events, on your own experiences, or experiences of those you know.
  5. How do you respond to the assertion that the internet "supports and encourages freedom of speech and therefore label any increased regulation as unethical"?
  6. What impact does social media have on offline behaviour? Consider the effect of deindividuation in digital spaces.
  7. Does preventing/delaying/monitoring the posting of content signify a barrier to freedom of speech?
  8. Imagine you were creating a module for secondary schools on "Digital Maturity and Resilience", what would it include? How can we take care of our digital selves?
  9. Imagine you were asked to draw a creative representation of a digital wildfire, what would it look like? Take a picture of your digital wildfire and post online or write a creative story demonstrating the effect of digital wildfires.
  10. “Establishing reasonable limits to legal freedoms of online speech is difficult because social media is a recent phenomenon, and digital social norms are not yet well established.” Discuss.
  11. Social media is no more vulnerable to rumours than any other form of communication. Discuss.
  12. “The best response to bad speech is more speech… Online communities have a right to ostracize, call out, criticize bad actors.” Discuss.
  13. How is social media used to expose people who have behaved inappropriately? Examine some examples of digilantism in social media.
  14. How we can govern social media - is technology part of the answer?