In his article “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted”, published in the New York Times on October 2010, Malcolm Gladwell looks closely into the notion of social change and the different means to achieve it. He makes a clear distinction between traditional activism, which implies sacrifices and physical devotion, and current activism, based on social networks. The writer considers that “social media can’t provide what social change has always required” (Gladwell, paragraph 1).
In the article “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted” by Malcolm Gladwell, he argues that the use of social media to start a revolution doesn’t help the cause to be as big or impactful than it could be. He explains the connection between social media with “weak-ties” versus “strong-ties.” In relation with these “ties,” throughout the article Gladwell goes back and forth from discussing the successful approaches of the Civil Rights Movement and their strategies for their cause without the use of social media, to how ineffective other various organizations in the past and present turned to social media to try their cause.
Incidents similar to Trayvon’s continued: black lives were being taken by white men. The Black Lives Matter movement grew with it. More and more publicity covered the cases. Many of them that gained
Just for wearing a hoodie, carrying an Arizona Tea and for being black he was shot and killed. In the book “Deadly Injustice: Travyon Martin, Race, and the Criminal Justice System“ the authors go on to discuss what happened that night and in the trial that preceded. It also helped me deliberate with how certain deaths are portrayed online. This being one of the biggest cases to hit the news and was brought to almost everyone in the United States attention, even the President at the time made a statement about what had happened to this young man. Social media spreaded this article like a wildfire and soon everyone knew what had happened that night in Florida. One of the main reasons why it was difficult to convict Zimmerman of this crime was because of the “Stand your ground” law After this the tension between black males and police officers rose to an even higher extent. African Americans often feel as if they are treated by police unfairly and with situations like this happening it help supported how they felt. Additionally with cases like in Ferguson and what happened in Lousivelle when four innocent teens were accused of robbing a woman with a weapon where they were later found not guilty of the
Newspapers have since become an exceptionally poor means of reaching a motivated audience that can justly enforce change. Social media has the capability to uphold a broader grasp of an audience that encompasses forwardness. Furthermore, the use of an Internet platform, such as Facebook, to present the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” would have accelerated a positive outcome to the brutality of Birmingham by broadening the audience without differentiating the rhetorical situation.
Social Media has become a huge part of our lives. It is a way to connect to those far away, or to share things that we find interesting or exciting and can be a very personal presentation of who we are. But in both positive and negative ways we can share our opinions and our view on certain events in the world. These can lead to rallies, protests, uprisings or in some cases revolution, the internet has become one of the most influential forces in this world and a large part of that is due to social media. In the case of the Michael Brown shooting, social media focused on the positive and negative relationships between minorities and cops in the United States of America. Sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Vine were all used to show
Malcolm Gladwell argues through social media “the traditional relationship between political authority and popular will has been upended, making it easier for the powerless to collaborate, coordinate and give voice to their concerns,” but ultimately concedes this collaboration doesn’t provide enough social motivation to act (Gladwell,
This can cause serious problems within the criminal justice system. Social media plays a massive role in the way that news is allocated within society. However, because of this large role it plays, it also interferes with the investigation and results of a particular criminal action. One can imagine how swiftly he or she learned about the horrific shooting incident that happened in Sandy Hook Elementary School or the unfortunate killing of Trayvon Martin and how George Zimmerman was prosecuted based on the public’s online response.
Social media’s prevalence is undeniable. From raising awareness to calling people to action, outlets like Facebook and Twitter have also become powerful tools for political and social revolutions. In the African American community, however, the effectiveness of online activism ranges from little to none. Issues dealing with black people are, more often than not, popular on social networking sites for a short amount of time and afterwards they tragically fade into obscurity. Many supporters of online movements rarely venture into
Many African Americans took their frustration to social media following the ruling to voice their opinion about the continued injustice African Americans faced .This case stood out to many people merely because Trayvon Martin was only a 17 year old boy, who was racially profiled simply because he was wearing a hoodie. With the movement being relatively new, outsiders took to social media to protest, many changed their profile picture to a black background and the #blacklivesmatter became a trending topic on social networking sites such as twitter. As more people were using the hastag , it started to get more notoriety with different news outlets and people in power , for instance President Obama , who after the verdict in a press conference said “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go
In 2013, Trayvon Martin’s life suddenly ended. This moment sticks out in my mind clearly- a black teen carrying Skittles and a can of Arizona tea was murdered in cold blood by a police officer- and outrage was rising. The key word there is black, as in black lives matter. A social media movement formed out of that one moment, that outrage, in 2013, but I didn’t really understand it at the time (After all, shouldn’t all lives matter? Why are we singling out black people?). That understanding came to me a year later- the year of police brutality.
Social media has been able to bridge people from all around the world and connect “like-minded souls everywhere” (Gladstone). With the spread of social media comes a connectedness that has been able to organize the masses with little to no effort. Social media has made “it possible to see and talk to one another in real time” (Wortham). Social media enables individual movements to organize events that entice the participation of a multitude of people. What use to take days or sometimes months to plan could be done now with a speed not previously conceived of. A single Instagram post has the capability to organize a protest in a matter of minutes. Social media activism is more sophisticated than most people think. Social media has the power to reach people who prior to this would not be able to become involved in activism. Movements like Black Lives Matter has been able to reach people across the globe. The black lives matter movement that started in areas such as Baltimore has been able to spark protests in European countries. Equipped with the same bold rhetoric, these countries are also protesting the unproportional deaths of black males at the hands of police. During a Denmark protest “a young black man being violently subdued by police gasped, “Ik kan niet ademen,” Dutch for “I can’t breathe”—echoing Eric Garner’s last words” (Essif). Social media has been able
(Anderson, Hitlin). The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag has since grown, especially after Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri and the police officer who killed him, Darren Wilson, was nit indicted in 2014. The Midwestern city became a “lightning rod for activism” (Stephen). While all this occurred, social media could “serve as a source of live, raw information. It could summon people to the streets and coordinate their movements in real time.” (Stephen) Those who weren’t even in Ferguson could participate and share their
Although evidence has shown that civil society is developing in Cuba, the country will probably not undergo a democratic transition in the near future. Civil society is still repressed by the government, independent media is mostly silenced, and many of Cuba’s citizens appear understandably apathetic. Cuba will only transition to democracy, develop a democratic political culture, and consolidate its democracy only when civil society develops to a position of organization, strength, and mass support. This essay seeks to analyze the major impediments in Cuba’s prospects for democracy.
The Trayvon Martin case brought the importance of our lives to attention once again. 17 year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a man named George Zimmerman. Zimmerman, moments before shooting Martin, reported a suspicious person report while on neighborhood watch; Martin had a hood on his head, a bag of skittles in his hand, and a arizona tea in the other. Zimmerman claiming it was self-defense; sparked media attention immediately, it also influenced continuous protests and rallies which were also displayed on media. The ignorance my generation had slowly began to disperse. We would spread the news on social media, informing people one by one, and demanded justice and our rights. It was such an eye opener for me. I thought, could we