• Doug Most

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    Doug Most is a lifelong journalist and author whose career has spanned newspapers and magazines up and down the East Coast, with stops in Washington, D.C., South Carolina, New Jersey, and Boston. He was named Journalist of the Year while at The Record in Bergen County, N.J., for his coverage of a tragic story about two teens charged with killing their newborn. After a stint at Boston Magazine, he worked for more than a decade at the Boston Globe in various roles, including magazine editor and deputy managing editor/special projects. His 2014 nonfiction book, The Race Underground, tells the story of the birth of subways in America and was made into a PBS/American Experience documentary. He has a BA in political communication from George Washington University. Profile

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  1. I think a lot of notable ideas were mentioned in this piece, especially the interview portion, but there are a lot of places where it just feels like we’re complaining and running in circles trying to stop corporations that have no control over the consumption of their media. As a young adult, out of all of my years of using social media, I have seen an Instagram ad maybe 3 times. The advertisements of the apps are much less influential than the general word of mouth. Saying that Social media platforms must change the way they advertise themselves is just giving the corporations loopholes to jump through as much of their exposure rarely comes from typical day-to-day advertising.

    On to the next point about censoring the way influencers market brands. I think this interviewer forgot that a lot of these influencers are minors. In the same way, we have compassion for the young teenagers being afflicted with depression and anxiety due to these platforms, we have to have compassion for the young adolescent influencers that may not know the guidelines about promoting products. While I disagree with a lot of the points being made while I think a lot of the arguments being made felt a little empty, I can really appreciate that this is a start. I think having community guideline strikes similar to YouTube would shape platforms in a more positive way, but I can’t even say I agree with that fully. YouTube has become extremely censored over the years until the point of its own dismay. Social media is always regarded as the one place that isn’t as censored as sources like news outlets, but each year people find themselves torn between freedom of speech and the mental health of the youth. I think it will take a large team of people from every sector of occupation (psychologists, analysts, teachers, parents, students, lobbyists, etc.) to really put a dent in the negative impact of social media. Sometimes when reading articles like this it just feels like people are just “saying things” and the only outcome is awareness. But awareness is good. The issue is I just don’t know how effective awareness is when that’s the sole outcome of a piece of writing.

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