Protests: From Online to In Real Life

The Internet has become a place in recent years where many revolutions and viral campaigns, which almost always come about because if the ability for information to be spread so quickly and easily online through social media – After all, twitter is faster than earthquakes.

Twitter and Facebook, being populated with so many users, have the ability to keep people informed, and mobilise what could essentially be called an army of people to get information out, be it about missing persons, the Arab Spring, Kony 2012 or in recent times Ferguson.

In the case of this years Ferguson protests and unrest, Twitter was used as a tool to get protesters talking and working together. Unlike many other movements online that stop at a #hashtag, protests were organised though Twitter and Facebook, with Feminist @FeministaJones playing an integral role in the collaborative effort.

Along with these real worth actions that brought people together was the many #hashtags that trended world wide in reaction to the events in Ferguson, which included  #IfIWereGunnedDown which came about after negatively skewed images of a shooting victim, Mike Brown, were used in news broadcasts and publications, theoretically to make him come across as the “bad guy” to their audiences. The tag involved people sharing two photos and asking “which one would the media choose?”.

This #hashtag, in my view at least is asking a very relevant, especially with the trust in a bias-free media being at what feels like an all time low. Have you considered what photo of you would be used #IfIWereGunnedDown ?

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3 comments

  1. I agree with you that the internet is super fast and can spread awareness faster than earthquakes, however I think that the awareness for a good cause and a major charity only lasts as long as people are interested, that’s one of the major problems for slacktivism. This time its not the technology that’s at fault, perhaps its us just utilising these platforms to share a cause under certain amount of time. Hashtag trends, ice bucket challenges and videos from the Arab Spring all contribute towards these issues, but for how long? Are people still donating towards ALS or has that contribution just blown over and died down?

  2. I did not know that hashtag existed and I really want to find out more. Thank you for an entertaining post!

  3. This is such an interesting take on this topic! I haven’t seen the #IIweregunneddown tag, nor have I seen it discussed on other DIGC202 blogs – nice. Dyou think the hashtag is people responding in the only way they know how, with humour, or is it taking away from a very serious issue by making light of it?

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