I think that in 20 years, businesses will have taken over social media and there will therefore be much less freedom of speech on the internet. When I’m tweeting and I know that the worst thing that’s going to happen is that my teacher sees it or a few of my friends' parents, what I say is much more raw and honest because I am really not accountable to anyone currently.
But I can feel my freedom of speech slipping away because of corporate presence. For example, I have recently found out that colleges have Twitter accounts and that has sparked something in me that’s made me feel just a little paranoid, knowing that whatever I say my school may be able to read it, which could negatively or positively affect if I decide to go for a job or internship within the school.
This blog is another form of social media and ever since my Twitter realization I can’t help but think about the fact that even now, there may be some concern with the content that I post on a website. But don’t worry guys, you’re in luck, I have nothing negative to say. But if I did, would I have as much freedom of speech as I do saying something harmless?
This is just a small example of how I think that it could affect freedom of speech. I’m sure this would happen much more with politicians and celebrities and public relations specialists. Even the fact that public relations exists is an indication that there is much less freedom of speech on the internet than we think.
According to an article I’ve recently read, Emma Watson has a team of specialists controlling her social media as I’m sure many or all others do as well. Personally, I lose interest when I discover these things because to me it is pointless following her only to hear other people speak and filter what she has said to sound politically correct.
Considering social media was created to bring people together, it seems awfully impersonal to me and I think that it will create a generation which feels lonely, scrutinized and depressed. It creates a more prominent looking-glass self (and sometimes an entirely separate personality from one’s self) and I believe that in the future, people will continue to get worse for living falsely happy lives over the internet for bragging rights.
Lastly, I believe that another way businesses are going to take over is that they will do what they have done on YouTube and pay popular accounts to make posts with their products- I’ve already noticed this creeping onto Instagram.