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Social Media: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly –
In 2020, worldwide, around 3.6 billion people were using social media. The average screen time is 144 minutes per day, with the exception of Latin America which had a higher average. The most famous platform is Facebook with over 1 billion registered accounts. The number of social media users in the world is expected to rise to 4.41 billion in 2025.

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Never has there been a more collective communal celebration than the historic Irish Water Movement of late August 2015. Over 150,000 people were remarked as partaking in the march to stop the introduction of additional charges on public Irish water. Seven years on and the debacle is still centred on water but now data centres have entered the fray and corporate entities’ demand is only growing on our national resource.

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Secluded Series: The Great Hack

Cambridge Analytica became the ‘poster child’ illustrating the bad faith actors encompassed within the murky side of social media prior to the 2016 United States presidential election. In summary, ‘The Great Hack’ focuses on the power of data and analyses Cambridge Analytica’s control and impact via social media on political elections globally.

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Trump in the Era of Social Media

Although President Trump is the first American president to use social media to announce policy changes and official government announcements. One question that has not been explored by news outlets is whether or not Trump’s use of social media is a sign of changing times and technology, or simply a change in presidential precedent.

President Trump is certainly not the first to use social media for political benefit; President Barack Obama used Facebook to reach millions of young people across the country by posting videos depicting Obama wearing aviator sunglasses and asking Vice President Joe Biden for fashion advice.

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