The Pros and Cons of Social Media Activism

 

What is Social Media Activism? 

Bringing change or awareness about a cause through the use of  social media, by posting or sharing ones thought about a particular event or issue.

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Benefits of Social Media:

  • Spreading awareness about a cause or event
  • Allowing students to engage and participate in school activities,
  • Networking                                    screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-4-14-33-pm
  • Fundraising

 

 

 

 

 

Cons:

  •  Lack of privacy
  • Unreliable information is often shared
  • Likes or Hashtags do not result in change
  • Systemic issues also arise from hashtags                                                            screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-6-55-01-pm

 

A few examples of positive social media activism

  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  • Cancer Walks/ Runs
  • Wael Ghonim Egyptian Revolution
  • Revolution in Indonesia (Want to read more about it? Click here)

“Five critical challenges facing today’s social media” Wael Ghonim 

  1. We don’t know how to deal with rumors. Rumors that confirm people’s biases are now believed and spread among millions of people.

  2. Second, we create our own echo chambers. We tend to only communicate with people that we agree with, and thanks to social media, we can mute, un-follow and block everybody else.

  3. Online discussions quickly descend into angry mobs. All of us probably know that. It’s as if we forget that the people behind screens are actually real people and not just avatars.

  4. It became really hard to change our opinions. Because of the speed and brevity of social media, we are forced to jump to conclusions and write sharp opinions in 140 characters about complex world affairs. And once we do that, it lives forever on the Internet, and we are less motivated to change these views, even when new evidence arises.

  5. Our social media experiences are designed in a way that favors broadcasting over engagements, posts over discussions, shallow comments over deep conversations. It’s as if we agreed that we are here to talk at each other instead of talking with each other.

 

 

LIKES AND RE POSTING ARE EFFICIENT TO A CERTAIN EXTENT:

  • They help spread information about a cause or event but these programs do not receive any benefits.
  • There is no modern day leader and it is as if we have almost become content with that or subjected to society (for more information Click here)
  • Consumed in our virtual world
  • Black Lives Matter started off as a hashtag and it has remained as one  over the past few years
  • DO NOT BE AFRAID OF BECOMING A LEADER, STAND UP FOR YOUR BELIEFS!! MOST IMPORTANTLY DO NO CONFORM TO SOCIETY AND THINK THAT LIKING A POST WILL MAKE A CHANGE
  • Some things to one can do to make a change is to go out and speak about the event to inform others, protest, start fundraisers, boycott.

 

Works Cited:

Blumenfeld,  Zach. “To Hell With Social Media Activism.” Pastemagazine.com. N.p., 08 July 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.

Ghonim, Wael. “Let’s Design Social Media That Drives Real Change.” Wael Ghonim:. Ted Talk, Dec. 2015. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.

Lim, Merlyna. “Journal of Contemporary Asia.” Many Clicks but Little   Sticks: Social Media Activism in Indonesia: : Vol 43, No 4. N.p., 11 Feb. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2016.

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