When it comes to media and the regulations that sit behind how we use the online space can often be blurred between our own perspectives of what is right and wrong and our need for privacy and general concern for copyright. The media regulations that are in play can be found in both public and private spaces from censorship to relationship and in-the-home rules.
Media regulation refers to the control or guidance of mass media by governments and other bodies. Following closely in the footsteps of TV regulation whereby censorship in many countries regarding social media access, can be denied when related to certain topics. Hence why many YouTube videos and other online content can only be viewed in certain countries or alternatively cannot be viewed in various countries. As made evident in countries such as, China, North Korea, Turkey and many more.
Media regulation can also come in the form of copyright, when it comes to downloading and streaming content. This topic has a very blurred foundation in regards to whether it is or is not acceptable to take content for free. Many will argue, that if the content is available on a free platform to stream or download, why would you not take advantage of the opportunity? However, others believe that downloading content is detrimental to the industries making the content.
But what are the actual implications of downloading? People continue to download as they don’t see the effect or the implications on themselves to stop. The exception being with an 29 year old man from Rhode Island being fined for $675,000 for downloading and sharing 30 songs, however this seems to be the only case where actual implications for such an act has been pressed. Therefore how can you draw the line for what is wrong and present media regulations for downloading and streaming?
But let’s take a step back and more across to the private spaces of media regulation, regulation monitored in the home. Historically media regulation online through social media and generally on the Internet is usually linked with children, youth and those who can be potentially harmed, through sites and content they should be or shouldn’t be subjected to.
As a child I had parental control on the Internet along side a time limited that would monitor not only the content I was looking at but also how long I was spending online in general. This was to ensure my safety while online but also gave my parents peace of mind while I was on the Internet. However, to do this now through our devices on social media platforms that we have and interact with would be rather difficult unless permission has been given to access the platforms. Therefore tapping into the topic of privacy. In order to monitor the movement young children, youth and the potentially harmed make online through social media, means access to these platforms must be granted, whether that be by giving out passwords for those to peruse your page or allowing free access. However, where does the line stop in regards to how in depth someone can monitor your accounts and your movements made online?
Media regulation on any level, private or public is something that we must all be cautious of and take extra care with how we use our devices and how present ourselves online. But having someone control and monitor your every move on a platform that is designed for free thinking and voicing your opinion could be a breach of your privacy. However, how can the government and any other bodies use media regulation as an excuse to enter your private domaine?
Would you allow for someone to monitor your social media accounts? Do you believe downloading content is acceptable?
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