Social Media About Muslims

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 JASHIM
 RASWI
  Ref.No:
 H00144879
  Short
 Essay
  Tutorial:
 Online
 Learning
  Teacher:
 Kristina
 Rajic
  Critical
 Writing
 &
 Analysis
 (C07CW)
 
 
 

Impact
 of
 Social
 Media
 on
 Islam
 and
 Muslims
 

 

  Susan
 Ward
 defines
 Social
 media
 as
 a
 type
 of
 online
 media
 that
  expedites
 conversation
 as
 opposed
 to
 traditional
 media,
 which
  delivers
 content
 but
 doesn't
 allow
 readers/viewers/listeners
 to
  participate
 in
 the
 creation
 or
 development
 of
 the
 content.
  Some
 of
 the
 common
 examples
 of
 social
 media
 are
 Facebook,
  Twitter,
 LinkedIn,
 etc.
 There
 is
 a
 wide
 variety
 of
 social
 medias’
 in
  the
 Internet.
 People
 get
 more
 attention
 to
 the
 things
 that
 are
  being
 shared
 from
 YouTube
 and
 Flickr
 and
 posting
 them
  through
 Facebook
 or
 LinkedIn
 or
 MySpace.
 Social
 Networking
  sites
 spread
 news
 all
 over
 the
 globe
 very
 quickly
 and
 swiftly.
 
  According
 to
 Suzy
 Ismail
 “Social
 Media
 and
 networking
 sites
  must
 have
 and
 has
 definitely
 changed
 the
 spread
 of
 Islam
 and
  the
 perception
 of
 Muslims
 in
 the
 minds
 of
 many
 people
 around
  the
 world”,
 especially
 and
 mostly
 in
 the
 US
 and
 India.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

After
 the
 9/11
 bombings
 and
 destruction
 of
 the
 Twin
 Towers
 by
  Bin
 Laden,
 the
 growth
 of
 electronic
 and,
 in
 particular,
 social
  media
 has
 had
 an
 impact
 on
 the
 lives
 of
 Muslims
 around
 the
  world.
 According
 to
 Khurram
 T.
 Dara
 (2011)
 “every
 scandal,
  controversy,
 or
 violent
 terrorist
 attack
 perpetrated
 by
 Muslims
  is
 put
 under
 the
 microscope.”
 He
 does
 not
 mean
 that
 the
 media
  has
 been
 trying
 to
 willingly
 to
 spread
 stories
 one
 way
 or
 another
  about
 Muslims
 in
 US
 and
 the
 world.
 “Of
 course,
 you
 have
  commentators
 and
 networks
 out
 there
 with
 agendas
 they
 want
  to
 push,
 but
 for
 the
 most
 part
 the
 impact
 the
 media
 has
 had
  comes
 in
 its
 evolution
 into
 a
 24/7
 industry.
 Everything
 is
  covered,
 regardless
 of
 whether
 it
 is
 quality
 journalism
 from
  reliable
 sources.”
 (Dara,
 2011)
 
  Social
 Media
 played
 a
 crucial
 role
 in
 the
 way
 Muslims
 and
 Islam
  have
 been
 perceived
 over
 the
 years.
 Suzy
 Ismail
 continues,
 “It
  would
 be
 tough
 for
 anyone
 to
 say
 that
 they
 have
 not
 ‘heard’
 of
  Islam
 with
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