Is the popularity of Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber a good thing? That depends on whom you ask. However, everyone can agree that neither would be where they are today without social media.
“It's thanks to social media that we have our whole modern entertainment and cultural landscape,” said Emerson T. Brooking, a Washington, D.C.-based writer and student of international security policy. “Taylor Swift got famous because of her Myspace following. Justin Bieber was an early YouTuber.”
What’s more, social media has been used by democratic protestors and dissidents to help shape changes around the world, Brooking said at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business’ 24th annual International Business Forum.
The Oct. 24 forum brought Brooking and three other social media experts together to talk about “The Global Influence of Social Media On Business, Politics and Culture: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”