I was born and raised by media junkies. Even before social media became a main source for breaking news, my parents were constantly consuming information on the radio, the television, and the newspaper and from sources from Bloomberg and CNN to ESPN and Yahoo Finance. I was raised to always be in the know and to always know what was going on around me culturally. Twitter, however, has made this extremely feasible for us media snobs now. It is a constant outlet that ties together numerous platforms and sources to be streamed on one newsfeed for your viewing pleasure. While many (including myself) find Twitter to have a positive effect on our generation it definitely has its negatives.
From unwanted direct messages to spam accounts Twitter definitely has its downfalls. Society and Boston College particularly is being faced with a new negative to the Twitter world; the creation of a fake Twitter account, or a parody account to mock or promote hatred to a being or group. The Boston College community was faced with this first hand on October 9,2016. The creation of the Twitter account @FireAddazioBC was born, and boy does it promote nasty propaganda and highlight hatred for the Boston College Football Coach.
Many have been upset with the outcome of the Boston College Football team this season, as they have suffered in being unable to record a win in the ACC Football Conference. Many outraged fans have been taking this out particularly on the Head Coach. With modern technology we knew it would not be long until this handle was created. This is a clear example of how negative Twitter can be. How can a social media platform that touches millions of people not have censorship over these things?
This account did not act lightly either. It started to follow a bunch of people in the Boston College and Boston media world. Tweets like, “@FireAddazioBC,” saying “Steve Addazio should be fired as the head coach of Boston College football. He is so conservative and the program is horrible right now. #FireSteveAddazio”, have been surfacing on the computer screens and cell phones of hundreds in the community.
How will society and social media be able to put a stop to this negativity and backlash? Will they, or do they see it as a positive in that others can have a platform to show their voice regardless how cruel and demeaning their points may be?