Has social media changed what it means to be human?

Has social media changed what it means to be human?

A review by : Qais Qazaz

With every new major innovation there have been those who have claimed that as a result we have lost some part of our essential humanity. The Greek philosopher Plato suggested that with the invention of writing humanity lost a skill in the use of memory that was an essential part of being human.

Social media is just the latest technology to provoke these accusations. There are many version of this idea that social media represents a loss of humanity. For example, the suggestion that we how have a reduced attention span or that we are now so screen focused that we have lost our capacity for face to face interactions. We also sometimes hear the opposite response. Instead of humanity losing some essential quality, new technologies are seen as extending our capacities, resulting in us becoming some kind of trans-human or post-human being. Either way the ideas is that something about our essential humanity has changed.

But usually, after a while, most people come to accept that what were once new technologies have become simply a taken for granted aspect of ordinary life. We do not see a person driving a car as either having lost an aspect of their humanity, or as some amazing post-human machine hybrid.

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Maybe the problem is with our idea of what being human is?

We tend to operate with a generally conservative conception, i.e. being human is just what human beings have been in the past, or up till now.

In response to this we propose ‘A Theory of Attainment’. This suggests a re-definition of what it means to be human, which includes all the things we have the capacity to be in the future. So a new technology simply allows us to attain something of that capacity. But it was already latent in merely being human.

So social media, along with other new digital technologies, extends what we can do as human beings, both as new forms of communication and or becoming a new space within which we live and socialise. But using this Theory of Attainment we can acknowledge that it makes no difference at all to simply being human.

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Ammar – the peace man

When I met Ammar for the first time, I found him a man of his word. Day by day we started creating some friendship and we me in many events and conferences, then I realized that I am talking with someone who is special.

Respect and loyalty were the most 2 important characters of Ammar, but with great sorrow I found the news of his death in social networks today, and the news pushed me toward silence for more than 2 hours, because I started browsing his videos and photos and how he had a nice smile with educated and sometimes public words. I never forget when we met in Istanbul and how he immediately asked for KFC because he was hungry. My friend sleep very long in peace and as you lived a man of you word and brave , the same you died brave.

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The 6th Arab Free Press Forum Tunis, Tunisia 24-26 November 2013

The Arab Free Press Forum is a unique event that brings together media professionals from across the Arab world to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas, experience and best practice at every level of the news industry. As part of WAN-IFRA’s ongoing commitment to supporting the independent press in the Arab region, the Forum reinforces longstanding engagements with partners from across the media industry and the freedom of expression community.

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يعتبر المنتدي العربي للصحافة الحرة الذي تعقده الجمعية الدولية للصحف وناشري الأخبار حدثاً فريداً لجمع المشتغلين بالإعلام ومناصري حقوق الإنسان من جميع أنحاء العالم العربي بغرض تبادل الأفكار والخبرات وأفضل الممارسات على جميع المستويات في مجال صناعة الأخبار. في سياق الالتزام الدائم للجمعية الدولية للصحف وناشري الأخبار (WAN-IFRA) بدعم الصحافة المستقلة في المنطقة العربية، يهدف المنتدى إلى تعزيز الشراكات طويلة الأمد مع الشركاء من كافة المجالات المتعلقة بصناعة الإعلام ومناصرة حرية الرأى والتعبير.
يطرح المنتدى نقاشات جادة حول مستقبل الإعلام العربي على المستويين التحريري والاستثماري. متحدثينا من الشخصيات البارزة في مجالي الإعلام وحرية الرأى والتعبير على الصعيدينالإقليمي والدولي، بجدول عمل مصمم للوقوف على تفاصيل الوضع الراهن للصحافة العربية المستقلة واحتياجاتها المستقبلية.

The Attendees were from different countries such as (Iraq, Syria,Jordan, Yemen,Sudan,tunisia, Palestine ,Yemen, Moritania and  of

 ect) and this opened the gate of networking and discussions as well as the pre forum event which was the 3 days seminar

of  Seminar on Journalism and Ethics 21 – 23 November with Ethical Journalism Network

Ministry of Foreign Affaris of Finland, The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), International Media Support (IMS), Ethical Journalism Network, Free Press Unlimited, Canal France International (CFI), The Egypt Media Development Program (EMDP), “Yakadha” Association for Democracy and a Civil State (Vigilance), nawaat.org, The Tunis Centre for the Freedom of the Press, the African Centre for Training of Journalists and Communicators (CAPJC), The National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT), The Union of Independent and Partisan

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The Norwegian Institute of Journalism and Ethical Journalism Network (EJN)organized a seminar on journalism and ethics in Hammamet in Tunisia 21 – 23 November in collaboration with the local UNESCO office and others.

There will be sessions about paid-for-journalism with contributions mainly from colleagues in Egypt. Tunisian colleagues will help us introduce a discussion about regulation, included media´s self-regulation. We will hear about different codes of ethics, in Tunisia and internationally. Good governance in media will be the theme for the last day, with contributions from different countries.We hope to have lively discussions, where the participants bring their own work experiences into the debate.

The Norwegian Institute of Journalism is a knowledge and resource center for media practitioners. Our mission and activitiesinclude training and further education of journalists and editors, publishing of text books and consulting for media organization

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خلال أيام 21، 22، 23 نوفمبر
عقدت شبكة الصحافة الأخلاقية ندوة عن أخلاقيات المهنة للصحفيين العرب (بالمشاركة مع المعهد النرويجي للصحافة)

حلقة دراسية بعنوان المؤلف StoryMaker
إن كنت تهتم بالتكنولوجيا والتأليف الرقمي؟ انضم لجلقتنا الدراسية، المؤلف، الدعوة مفتوحة للصحفيين والمدونين والفنيين ولكل من يهتم بالتأليف على هواتفهم المحمولة