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In this documentary from 2014, Frontline investigates the relationship between teens and social media and how people can directly interact with culture in new ways.
This video from AsapSCIENCE explains the findings of studies that look at the psychological changes that social media causes and the physical changes taking place in our brains.
This article from the Harvard School of Public Health takes a look at a study that seeks to differentiate between healthy and problematic social media use.
Jadell Brown, a junior from Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools, argues that social media platforms like TikTok and other nontraditional outlets, such as music and dance, provide a critical outlet for teenagers struggling with mental health issues.
Who created this message?
- What kind of “text” is it?
- How similar or different is it to others of the same genre?
- What are the various elements (building blocks) that make up the whole?
What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?
- What do you notice (about the way the message is constructed)?
- What’s the emotional appeal?
- What makes it seem “real?”
- What's the emotional appeal? Persuasive devices used?
How might different people understand this message differently from me?
- How many other interpretations could there be?
- How could we hear about them?
- How can you explain the different responses?
What lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message?
- What type of person is the reader/watcher/listener invited to identify with?
- What ideas or perspectives are left out?
- How would you find what’s missing?
- What judgments or statements are made about how we treat other people?
Why is this message being sent?
- What's being sold in this message? What's being told?
- Who is served by or benefits from the message
– the public?
– private interests?
Is social media bad for our mental health?
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