So, lets talk about something a little more complex, online social activism. I began my twitter account for my ECMP 355 course, and I have slowly started to love it. My favorite part is that you can see what others are saying about the same topics via hashtags and can comment, retweet and follow your tweets. Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media allow for more sharing and honesty than every before. I find that political social activism is important for online users to access because often times the news portray one side of the story, lie or ignore the issues. Before technology became so present in society it was easier for countries to cover up protests, death and other crimes. Since the massive spread of technology more people have the ability to follow political movements around the globe. This one video talks about how social activism and social media helped push the Tunisians and share their strife, check it out.
As you can see, technology and social media can be used as a tool to help better the world. It is important to share your thought and feel empowered.
“Many people lost their fear through Twitter and Facebook – each one writing a little sentence or a word and someone else reading that and saying, ‘Oh he say that, I can say a little bit more’,” Cherif told Al Jazeera.
A lot of people, when going through devastation and injustice feel powerless and scared. Twitter and Facebook allowed these people to share their stories and opinions to help them feel more secure and to gain support. I believe it is important for people to share their stories and rally behind each other to help further our society. One person’s post could be all the difference is cases of severe chaos. On the other hand, I do believe it must go further than just online activism, if you truly believe in something you must fight for it. This Ted Talk talks about some of the good and bad involving social activism.
All in all, I believe people have a responsibility to stay aware of the world around them. Some people are satisfied staying in the dark, but most people want to fight for each other and themselves. Social media and online activism is essential to help build a community and rally supporters. After the support starts that is when real action must be taken if there is any hope of effecting the necessary changes. I think of online activism as the gateway to a world of responsible citizens, justice and equality.