Social Media: More Than Just a Communications Medium
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper draws attention to emerging national security challenges that the U.S. government and the U.S. military are likely to grapple with as a direct result of social medias increasingly disruptive influence. Accordingly, ideas contained herein will advance the position that social media is a multi-faceted entity that is more than just a communications medium or grouping of collaborative communications technologies as currently viewed by the U.S. government and the military community. Social medias unique nature also makes it, all at once, an amorphous assemblage of hugely populated virtual communities with state-like identity and influence an editorially unencumbered, linked-en-mass informational entity with institutional identity and influence and a disruptive and potentially weapon-like mechanism capable of inducing and enabling masses of individuals to initiate immediate or timed disruptive actions. The U.S. government risks seeing its various diplomatic, informational, military, and economic DIME strategies upended with increasing impunity if it fails to better recognize, redefine, and respond to social medias multi-faceted nature.
- Government and Political Science
- Computer Systems
- Military Forces and Organizations