Does or Society Direct Social Media?

As with most social dynamics, the relationship between social media and society is based on an interaction in which both sides nourish and shape each other. In some cases, social demands are conveyed to large masses through social media and society determines the content on social media. In other cases, what is shared by an individual or a limited group on social media can become an issue that concerns the majority of society. It is debatable how natural all these interactions and the formation of social networks are. At this point, what is the value of the content that society accesses through social media with the guiding power of algorithms and platforms in terms of social benefit is an issue that should be considered by young people. In this session, answers to the following questions and more will be sought:

  • Is what we see on social media true?
  • What is the relationship between social and media and society?
  • For what purpose do we use social media?




Assoc. Prof. Alaaddin Faruk Paksoy

Tomris Eylül Akgül

He graduated from Anadolu University Faculty of Communication Sciences, Press and Broadcasting Department (major) and Cinema and Television department (second major) undergraduate programs. He completed his master’s degree in Communication Studies at Stockholm University. He received his PhD from the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield. In his doctoral thesis, he examined how Turkey-European Union relations were presented in the UK media. His research in recent years has focused on the representations of Syrian refugees in the media and Turkish-Greek relations. He is still working at Anadolu University Faculty of Communication Sciences.

She completed her primary, secondary and high school education in Mersin. Since 2019, she is a student of Anadolu University Faculty of Law. During her education, she studied in Belgium within the scope of the Erasmus+ project and had the opportunity to closely follow the studies on European Union Law. Since high school, she has been active in many NGOs related to women’s rights and has taken part in different projects. Since 2021, she has been an active member of Eskişehir European Union Association.