I find chapter 11 of New New Media quite interesting. Titled “The Dark Side of New New Media,” it discusses the duality of any tool entering into the lives of any given society.
The driving force for various innovations lies in the idea of progress: “How can life become easier and allow people to function more efficiently?” It is interesting to examine the use and consequences of implementing new technology into people’s lives.
The examples brought about throughout the chapter argue the positive and negative use of such tools.
It is evident that New New Media, therefore, just like any other tool before them do not come with either a positive or negative manual. It is the way each user decides to employ them that makes the difference.
The sooner everyone realizes that it is not the medium but the person/people/organizations/countries operating through it, the better equipped we will be to deal with the abusive messages produced.
Margaret Maria Roidi