Social networking can change the world

Ashton Palen, Staff Wroter

Social networking can be used to achieve greatness. For example, when you lose your dog and its picture spreads throughout the Twittersphere like wildfire with many people in your town helping with the search. But, it can also be used as a platform for bullies who hide behind a keyboard in order to make themselves feel better by making others feel like trash.

As with everything in our world, we have to decide whether the good social networking is really worth the insults and ridicule. You can find the best in people on social networks. You can find great people through charity profiles. Heck, even the Pope has a Twitter.


There can also be terrible people who tear others down so they can feel better about themselves.  Sites like Twitter and Facebook allow people across the world to communicate and collaborate. It also allows us to spread news faster and to more people.

Since Memorial Day weekend, the topic of Harambe the gorilla and the little boy who fell into his enclosure has spread across the world. Arguments and opinions are available to anyone who has access to social networks.


Social networks allow people to see the opinions of others and react. Whether they react with an open mind or are offended by another’s opinion is up to the reader. The job of social networks is to spread ideas across the world.

Everyone reacts in their own way when they are offended. Some take it with a grain of salt, while others feel as though it is their mission to make the person who offended them pay by berating them. It is the job of the poster to ignore the hateful comments and know that they are doing the world a service getting their ideas out into the world.


It is only through shared ideas that the world progresses.