Social Media And Its Impact On The United States

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The United States of America can be seen as one of the most countries to be tech savvy. Specifically, with social media, which is used as a medium to communicate movements such Black Lives Matter due to the usage of unnecessary force from police used on Black Americans, has made an impact in Iran. Similarly, to the US movement, accusations of fraud during the June 2009 Iranian presidential elections caused protests and many citizens asking for a recount. Many Iranian citizens, however, do not have access to the internet nor any other social media sites so they are not able to access social media to fully understand what events were going on in Iran. Some would say social media did not have a role in the protests held in Iran. My…show more content…
Both candidates gathered the huge amount of citizens, creating huge rallies. However, what if the winner of the election, gathered an outrageous amount of votes which would create confusion on the opposition but happiness for the adversary. The Iranian government says Ahmadinejad won the ballot with “63 percent of the vote while Moussavi received 34 percent of the vote” (Matsuo par 2). Because of this announcement: fights, protests, and riots occurring dividing the country instead of bringing it together. While Ahmadinejad is requesting peace from protestors, however, showing an unfamiliar way of it by using local police at times to keep the protestors calm as well as use his control over government to stop certain media. Social media is crucial when it comes to communication in comparison to the more common traditional media Iran has during this election for those who oppose Ahmadinejad. Many traditional media such as television and newspaper are state-run by an “appointed member that is selected by the supreme leader” (Fathi par 17). This happens to be Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who favors current President Ahmadinejad. However, since the use of the internet along with wireless technology, it has become much more widespread among young and affluent Iranians, who happen to be the bulk of the candidates’ supporters against Ahmadinejad. Christopher Waddell, associate director of the school of journalism and communications
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