Social media spike after Oscars mishap

Social media spike after Oscars mishap

PROVO, Utah – The demand for information is at an all-time high, especially after the Oscars mishap on Sunday.

The hashtags #envelopegate and #oscarsfail were trending immediately following the Oscar announcement for Best Picture, where “La La Land” was mistakenly named as the winner. (The actual winner was “Moonlight.”) This instantaneous nature of social media creates an online world that is current, trending, and interesting. Vice-President of Wallaroo Media Adam Durfee said social media engages everyone.

“Whether you’re really young and just want to share exciting things about your life, or whether you’re really old and you want to keep contact with people that you’ve met or family that you have, the appeal of being in contact is always there,” Durfee said.

Durfee also said social media is an interactive form of communication that allows complete strangers to discuss a topic of interest, provide instantaneous feedback, and share ideas with one another. Despite social media’s potential to be a tool of bullying, he hopes social media will shape a world where people are more connected, engaged, and informed.

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