Critical Analysis: Social Media Essay

1292 Words Oct 6th, 2012 6 Pages
Anthony Moye
ENGL 101 Sec. 5
Fall 2012
They Say / I Say Essay 1
Critical Analysis: Social Media Find me on Twitter, Facebook, and even MySpace, because we are here to change the world so “follow” me. I have read the writings of Malcolm Gladwell and Dennis Baron to analyze and write about. They have both presented different points and ideas on the significance of social media and how it has affected our world past and present. Gladwell’s essay, “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted” is focused on the sit-in of 1960, an event started by four African American college students who went to a local diner for service, but were denied because of their race. This turned into a historic protest, stretching across the Deep
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For instance he presents “the platforms built around social media are built around weak ties, giving you the tools to gain a thousand “friends” that you could never have in real life.” Basically “following” or “befriending” people you will never meet which is a significant issue in the current conversation about false friendship or internet safety in our culture today. Students who joined the sit-ins across the South in the 60’s described the movement as a “fever”; one that was irresistible. These writers also skillfully confront the opposition in their writings, but they handle their opponents ’possible objections in different ways. Gladwell somewhat agrees with the use of social media sites like Baron, but uses important numbers to further support his reasoning – acknowledging the members of Facebook groups. Noting that “there are 22,073 members of the Help Save Darfur group who on average donate fifteen cents, Facebook activism succeeds not by motivating people to make a real sacrifice but by motivating them to do the things that people do when they are not motivated enough to make a real sacrifice.” Baron himself, states that some Middle Eastern countries may cut the internet lines, so that the people can’t use it. It almost seemed like he was contradicting himself and beginning to agree with Gladwell, but later gave other examples of communication tools such as sneakernet to get the message out. Both of these
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