Plato’sAllegory of the Cave relates to social media use in that the media hasdeveloped andmaintained a strong hold on society, similarly as to how the cave encapsulatesthe prisoners.
Nowadays, media has become the basis of truth, where societysoaks in this information and takes it as fact. However, how can one determineif these findings that are presented are genuine or just a mere illusion?Plato’s Allegory of the Cave explains how people only base their perception ofthe world on their experiences of physical objects, or images that theyperceive and believe to be true. By doing so, they have limited themselves tothe restricted ideas prescribed to them by others. Socrates’Limits of Knowledge relates to social media use in that the media has given societya tapered view of the world.
In other words, people have become passive consumeristsby subjecting themselves to information that others deem as acceptable.Essentially, what Socrates’ Limits of Knowledge entails is knowing that you donot know. Thus, society needs to gain an understanding on how our perceptionsof reality are controlled by what we see and read, and that only by questioningcan a person gain a more panoramic view of actual reality. Modernexamples of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave can be found in many areas such as “reality”shows, news, and advertising. For instance, the house in which one lives inplays the role of the cave, the television screen plays the role of theshadows, and the creators of the show that are projecting their desired imagesonto the screen are the puppeteers. Similarly, to how the prisoners absorb theshadows as reality, people watching “reality” shows take in these images asreality, which influences their perceptions, opinions, and behaviours. Forexample, most television shows impose the notion to girls that there is a greatimportance on looks, and these impositions lead to feelings of inadequacy, lowself-esteem, and anorexia.
In the same sense that girls internalize these socioculturalideals of attractiveness, the prisoners internalize the images projected ontothe wall.