- 10 Nov 17
Hot Press has joined forces with Creative Ireland to launch a new national writing competition, which will allow young students to reflect on the influence of social media.
Over the past fifteen years, with the rise of social media, the most extraordinary changes have taken place in society. In terms of the way we communicate, a whole new world has opened up as people make use of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, and a whole host of other platforms and apps.
There are huge pluses involved, as we our able to connect and communicate faster than ever before. But there have been downsides too, with Fake News dominating elections, social media bullying impacting adversely on individuals, and the culture of social media affecting the way we live our lives.
Speaking about the competition, the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD said: "I am delighted that my Department, through the Creative Ireland Programme, is partnering with Hot Press Magazine to encourage and promote new young writers. The theme of this year's Write Here Write Now initiative, Social Media: A Writer's Tale, is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the imagination and insight of our young people on something that has become such an important part of our everyday lives and the medium of a generation."