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 ?