What does a lack of IRL interaction mean for virtual communities? Can influencers remain apolitical? How can Big Tech firms win back people’s trust? In this part of the 2021 Expert Outlook, we speak to three experts about how communications are shifting in the wake of a crisis-filled year.
Headlines about hashtag squatting and unchecked privilege have given many social media users a negative view of influencer culture. Yet while people may call out the perfect lifestyles presented online, these cultural figures remain as relevant as ever. So, how should they wield their power?
Social media has the ability to send its users into a spiral of self-pity one day and transform their lives through the power of community the next. Canvas8 spoke to Sarah Raphael, co-author of Mixed Feelings, about our love-hate relationship with social media and what this means for brands.
Whether to stay connected, informed, or distracted, social media plays multiple roles in people’s day-to-day lives – and it’s proving especially useful during the COVID-19 crisis. Canvas8 polled 1,000 Americans and spoke to nine people to find out what they want from these platforms and why.
Centered around the experiences and opinions of Black users, Black Twitter is a subculture on the platform where Black voices are unfiltered. This collective explores Black identity and demonstrates the positive impact of community in times of crisis and racial injustice.