Hello, everyone, and welcome to another episode of "Digital Dialogue". I'm your host, Sarah. Today, we'll be diving into the fascinating world of social media, exploring its evolution and how it has fundamentally changed the way we communicate.
Absolutely, Sarah. It's hard to imagine a time before social media, isn't it? It's become so integral to our daily lives.
Indeed, Dave. So let's start at the beginning. Social media, in its most basic form, has been around since the dawn of the internet. From the bulletin board systems of the 80s to the emergence of blogging in the 90s.
And then we saw the rise of platforms like MySpace and Friendster in the early 2000s, which really set the stage for the social media revolution.
Right, and then came Facebook in 2004, forever changing the landscape of social media. With over 2.8 billion active users today, it's become a behemoth in connecting people and businesses worldwide.
And let's not forget Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, the list goes on. These platforms have not only changed how we communicate but have also played a significant role in areas like marketing, politics, and activism.
Absolutely, Dave. In the second half of our podcast, we will be discussing the impact of social media on society and its potential future.
Sounds intriguing. But before that, let's take a short break. Stay tuned, folks!
Short music break.
Welcome back! Let's continue with our discussion on the impact of social media. Dave, why don't you start us off?
Course Title: Understanding Social Media: History, Impact, and Future
Module 1: Introduction to Social Media
Lesson 1: What is Social Media?
Definition and understanding of social media
The evolution and history of social media, from the bulletin board systems of the 80s to the emergence of blogging in the 90s
Lesson 2: The Dawn of Social Networking Sites
The rise of platforms like MySpace and Friendster in the early 2000s
Setting the stage for the social media revolution
Lesson 3: The Big Players: Facebook
The emergence of Facebook in 2004
The growth and impact of Facebook
Lesson 4: Beyond Facebook
The rise and influence of platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok
How these platforms changed the way we communicate
Supplemental Material: Interactive timeline of social media history
Module 2: The Impact of Social Media
Lesson 5: Social Media in Daily Life
The integration of social media into our daily lives
Understanding the role of social media in connecting people and businesses worldwide
Lesson 6: Social Media and Marketing
The role of social media in marketing
Case studies of successful marketing campaigns on social media
Lesson 7: Social Media in Politics and Activism
Exploring how social media has influenced politics and activism
Case studies of social media used for political campaigns and activism
Supplemental Material: Case Study Analysis Activity
Module 3: The Future of Social Media
Lesson 8: Predicting Trends
Exploring potential future trends in social media
Discussion on the evolving role of social media in society
Lesson 9: Ethical Considerations and Future Challenges
Discussion on the ethical considerations in using social media
Potential future challenges for social media platforms
Supplemental Material: Discussion Board for Predicting Future Trends
Each lesson will include a video lecture, a transcription of the lecture, and key takeaways. There will also be quizzes at the end of each lesson to assess students' understanding. The supplemental materials aim to further enrich the learners' understanding and provide practical applications of the concepts discussed.
This course is self-paced. However, for optimal learning, it's recommended to complete one module per week.
Evaluation will be based on the completion of quizzes at the end of each lesson and participation in the discussion board for the final module.
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