The Black Lives Matter Movement

1939 WordsNov 22, 20168 Pages
The titles of both songs are different, as is their composition. The 2003 version of the song has the title Where is the love, whereas the 2016 version is titled #WheresTheLove. The use of the hashtag in the title symbolizes the digital mindset that people in 2016 currently live in. The internet had not yet taken off in 2003 and there wasn’t an obsession with social media at this point. In 2016 everything is focused around the concept of instant information. When something significant happens in the U.S., the majority of people have that information in hand instantly through their handheld technologies. The increased use of technology has sparked a surge of social movement. This can be seen through multiple campaigns, one example would be the Black Lives Matter movement. The Black Lives Matter movement first began following the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of the officer who shot him. This movement began with a simple hashtag. Now in 2003 the hashtag was better known as a pound sign whereas in 2016 it is a classic trademark of social media platforms. The hashtag allows one’s beliefs to be categorized into a short statement. Supporters of the statement will then begin using the hashtag, thus causing a snowball effect. As the hashtag #blacklivesmatter began to swarm platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, awareness grew of the movement. “Social media has allowed its members to share documentary evidence of police abuse, spread activist messages, and

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