Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The life of Social Media

 For many years China was ruled by several different dynasties. Even though it is not stated in this video, the Shang Dynasty was the first Chinese dynasty that emerged in 17th century B.C.E. Later on came the Zhou dynasty in 1000 B.C.E. In 350 B.C.E China became known as the warring states between 7 major dynasties who collectively controlled more territory than the Shang or Zhou Dynasties. The way the territories are controlled throughout these years changes with every dynasty until the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949. Since then, the boundaries of China has continued to change with different treaties with surrounding countries in less drastic standards.

 Why does China have anything to do with Social Media? Social Media has followed a similar life to the way Chinese dynasties have expanded and contrasted over the years. Different social platforms have fought for the ability to survive in the current generation. Some social platforms have learned from others mistakes and developed off of previous dynasties mistakes. Some of these platforms can live in cohabitation at the same time, but will continually try to strive for domination. Some platforms will survive for years, whereas others will only be revolutionary momentarily. This info graphic is used by Social Times to describe the history of Social Media from 1969-2012.
With how much social media has changed and gone through different platforms it might make bystander curious about how much will happen in the next 50 years for social media. For many of us users today, it seems to be that Facebook/ Google would never be able to die out. Some people thought Twitter would last as long as Myspace. One might wonder if someone who lived during the first generation of the Zhou dynasty, thought it would last for the next 700 years or be taken over within the next few decades. Social media has followed a similar life in the last 48 years as the Chinese dynasties did for over 3,000 years. Social media has been through changes in major platforms and has made advancements in adaptability throughout the years.

1. If we were to call the time that we are in a dynasty, what would be the name for our social media dynasty that we are in?
2. According to the video, what dynasty would we be closest to now?
3. Could all social media one day merge to become "The People's Republic of Social Media?" Why or why not?

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