Have you noticed all the campaigns and activism that has increased on social media? They all include a hashtag! The Washington Post article written by Caitlin Dewey about #Bringbackourgirls and #Kony2012 was a reminder about the hashtags that were trending this past year that I forgot about. Hence forgot. What happened to them now? Has justice been served? Yes, maybe posting an article or tweeting about an event might not help the cause directly, but I think it does indirectly. The fact that someone is raising awareness in itself about an atrocity is better than staying silent. They are telling the world that they are against it. It may be hard to fly there and directly help out, and sending letters to Congress may be even less productive.
I believe Twitter has changed the world and the way we communicate with each other. The article titled, Breaking Bin Laden: Visualizing the Power of a Single Tweet stated, “Within a minute, more than 80 people had already reposted the message, including the NYTimes reporter Brian Stelter.” This put into perspective how fast information can spread using Twitter, and it can be used for many ways.
For example, the Arab Spring could not have evolved with the speed it did without social media such as Twitter. In a Huffington Post article titled, “Revolutionizing Revolutions: Virtual Collective consciousness and the Arab Spring” written by Yousri Mazrouki, he explained how some revolutions occurred. “One reason is the influence of cyber-activism via social media platforms that classical approaches to collective movements do not take into account,” he said. Another example is in Bahrain, where a human rights activist named Nabeel Rajab was jailed for a tweet. He sent a tweet out against the kingdom and the regime did not like it.
You can read the full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yousri-marzouki/revolutionizing-revolutio_b_1679181.html
Twitter definitely has caused change around the world. The “Twitter Literacy” article that talked about the advantages of Twitter gave some really good points that I haven’t thought of. Twitter, however, does have its downsides. The 140 character count can sometimes be extremely irritating. If I want to tweet a rant, I would have to separate that into separate tweets and spam people’s newsfeeds. But I think the pros outweigh the cons. What do you think you like/dislike most about Twitter?