Topic 4: The Penultimate Reflection

This week’s topic proved to be the most stimulating thus far. Despite being perhaps the most specific yet, there were still a multitude of case studies from which one could chose. A quick skim read of the titles of everyone’s blog posts serves as testament to this – they varied from parental control to the use of social media by teachers. This made for some very interesting blog posts that for the first time in this module were focused more on practical examples as opposed to theoretical discussion, something I felt the last few topics potentially had been lacking.

Personally, I chose to write about the use of social media by celebrities and the scrutiny they are put under. I found this to be of particular interest as it can be relevant to the lives of almost anyone with a social media account (incidentally, everyone studying this module!). It appears that others did too, and I enjoyed engaging both Allie and Gus in discussion about my post. This was something I haven’t done in previous weeks and certainly something I felt I improved on this week – It enabled me to defend my viewpoints and also add extra clarity to my post, as well as learning viewpoints from my peers that I might not necessarily have considered.

Regarding the posts of others, I found Xiaolu’s blog to be extremely thought provoking. The post discussed the ethical issues behind parents ‘spying’ on their children, a very precarious issue. Whilst her arguments were sound, I felt she missed a key point – over surveillance can often have the opposite to the desired effect, something I alluded to in my comment.

Will discussed the positive and negatives of scrutiny as a whole on the Internet. Overall, I felt he presented a very balanced point of view. I was also impressed with his use of interactive media, Something I will try to emulate in my final post.








Topic 4 – Big Blue Tick for our Online Celebrities?


Social media platforms have a great many uses – one of the more recent of these is the ability for the common person to follow their heroes on idols on sites such as twitter and Facebook, in order to keep up to date as best as possible with the lives of the rich and famous. Naturally, the places the latter group under a great deal of scrutiny – far more than any run of the mill social media user. This, to me, raises two important ethical questions:

  • Is this fair?
  • What are the ethical responsibilities for well known, influential individuals as far as their online presence is concerned?

Role Models

Celebrities are well aware of their position as role models to society. Whilst this is rarely a conscious choice, it nonetheless widely agreed upon that any individual with social influence should always strive to create as positive an influence as possible with their rhetoric in the hope that others, ‘further down the food chain’ might do the same. With more and more people joining social media platforms everyday, many would feel that this role is becoming increasingly vital.

However, many celebrities often fall short of these standards – Earlier this year, Burnley striker Andre Gray famously posted the tweet below;

Role Model or Rolling Over?

It goes without saying that this sort of behaviour cannot be condoned and strikes a very poor tone with the public – BUT isn’t this the sort of thing that can be found regularly in the deepest darkest depths of the Internet? AND isn’t the ordinary public where 99% of celebrities, particularly sportsmen and women, such as Andre Gray, originally hail from? Leading back to my first question, can our high ethical standards for those in the upper echelons of society be considered fair?

Jimmy Kimmel’s video below, whilst very humorous in its content, inadvertently provides us with a very interesting talking point.

Think for a moment – How would the public have reacted had a celebrity tweeted any of the ‘mean’ tweets mentioned in the video?

Drawing the line

Ultimately, a line has to be drawn between what can be considered acceptable and what cant. Personally, I am of the opinion that anything that would be considered offensive by the majority of a society shouldn’t be publicised by any publicly celebrated figure. Some, however, are able to flirt with this imaginary line in the sand due with guile. A certain Mr Tump could be perhaps be considered an expert…



Bennetts, Julian, “Andre Gray Apologises After Offensive Twitter Posts Surface On Day Burnley Striker Scores First Premier League Goal”, The Telegraph, 2016 <; [accessed 27 November 2016]

“Corrie Actor Sacked Over ‘Offensive’ Tweets”, Sky News, 2016 <; [accessed 27 November 2016]

“Here’s Who Should Be De-Verified On Twitter”, The Daily Dot, 2016 <; [accessed 27 November 2016]