SONGSOPTOK: The internet revolution has deeply impacted our modern society that can be compared to the discovery of electricity. Today we can’t think of the internet without the social media. When and how did you first discover the social media?

LILIAN: My daughter created my yahoo acccount and Friendsters profile account in 2001. Curiosity made me browse and join several websites afterwards.

SONGSOPTOK :  As far as interpersonal relationships are concerned, the power of the social media today is undeniable, allowing us to communicate in real time across the globe. What is your opinion about this? What are its advantages & disadvantages?

LILIAN: I believe social media is a powerful tool for human interaction. It enables people to connect and interact with each other in the most convenient and cheapest way of forming a platform for networking, friendship, address human issues, disseminate informations to much wider global range, create various support groups and allow better understanding among people of different cultures and personalities. It also encourages equality regardless of race, belief and gender. Social media has the disadvantage of security risks as well as the risk of misinformations, hacking, scams. bullying  and invasion of privacy done by unscrupulous personalities

SONGSOPTOK : We have noticed that social media has become a powerful vector for personal expression and creativity, because we no longer need the approval or approbation to publish. Our cre believe ativity has found a new channel for addressing a global audience. What is your opinion about this?

LILIAN: Having a global audience access I believe allows one to be more competitive and encourage one to probe and aspire for more creative skills.

SONGSOPTOK: In this context, it is also true that any and everybody today can claim to be a writer, a poet, or an artist on any number of social media. We no longer have a standard for appreciating true talent – a role that was played by editors or different types of experts. What is you point of view? Do you think that the power of social media have served to create more charlatans than proper artists?

LILIAN: All artists need a portal to exhibit their personal expressions. And social media is an awesome door to wider audience. Professionals, academes,lay person or what have you. I do have some reservations on what is considered a true Art Standard. Art evolves with life. Social media I think helps more in measuring what the current generation may see as an art or trash. I think time and support od admirers will determine who is an artist and who is a charlatan.

SONGSOPTOK:  Would you say that the social media has contributed to bringing societies and cultures across the globe closer? If not, what can be done to make it a more powerful tool?

LILIAN:  Yes. Because of social media, we now have global culture, global economy and global interactions that seems impossible or difficult before.

SONGSOPTOK:  Would you say that in general the users of social media are actually aware of its potential, both in the positive and negative sense? In other words, do you think that the average user is aware of the possible reach of social media and the consequences it may have? What is your own experience?

LILIAN: It is because users are so aware of the possible reach of social media that made it so popular and part of everyday life. The potential of possitivity and negativity is not limitedto social media. It is part of life...Awareness and denial depends on the individual . For me, It is always a learning process... I hope, I fail, I fall... and I learn ,

SONGSOPTOK: Social media is often considered to be a true reflection of human society. What is your opinion? How would you evaluate the image you see today in the context of the society you live in? How true or false is the reflection?

LILIAN:  Personally I see social media reflect more the human society than any news, movies. and even real life community interaction. Somehow social media has a way of unmasking or stripping inhibitions an individual is expected to observe in real life.

SONGSOPTOK:  The advent and the trivialization of social media is today’s society seem to be have erased the difference between virtual and real. Would you agree? What is you own experience?

LILIAN: Is  the image on the mirror the same as the person it reflects?

SONGSOPTOK: In your opinion, has social media contributed to breaking down of traditional rules of social relationships? In what way? How would you analyze the impact of social media in this context?

LILIAN:  Social relationship in social media is more direct and less discriminating as per my experience

SONGSOPTOK: Do you believe that social media can play a constructive role for world peace and unity? Or on the contrary play a totally negative role by fuelling existing conflicts between nations and communities?

LILIAN:   Will a bird die in a man's hand? The answer will depend on the user... be it a actor or reciever. For this reason, I believe that we all have the moral obligation to inspire unity, peace, understanding, respect and equality in the social media.

SONGSOPTO : How effective can be the role of social media as a tool of protest and action against all sorts of social ills and injustices?

LILIAN:  As effective as the passion, the perseverance and the skill of every individual who decry social ills and injustice

SONGSOPTOK:  Lastly, we would like to know the impact of social media, if any, in your own life. What kind of journey has it been? What are your own expectations about the evolution of social media?

LILIAN:  Social media has allowed me to connect with more people, gain friends, learn new skills, cultivate new hobbies, see people as being the same, equal in strenght and weakness right in every individual's core.


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