Social Media Social Activism

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Social Media Helps Social Activism Social Media Helps Social Activism Social media is a key importance in many organizations and movements that happen across the world. The official definition of activism according to the Google Dictionary is the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change. An example of one movement that is widely known around the world that social media played a big part of is the black lives matter movement. The black lives matter movement started after a series of events where police officers shot innocent



teenagers but was not getting major attention worldwide until a hashtag that started on twitter brought major awareness to the situation and became a
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Which is why I strongly believe that social media is a great way for people to voice their true opinions on what is going on in the real world. But lastly, I agree with Lee that we should instead go out to make change and express ourselves. Furthermore, this leads me to Noah


and his article “Hashtag Activism Isn’t A Cop-Out”.


tells about the actions that happened in Ferguson, Missouri with the Michael Brown case. A quick summary of what happened was Michael Brown was an

18 year old

African American teenager who was shot and killed by a white police officer. Brown was a suspect in a “strong armed robbery” then the police officer shot him and it created a huge uproar on social media because of it




article he mentions “activists themselves often argue that social media is important to their work.” I believe this is an important piece to my argument specifically since in a way it proves my point by saying social media is a valid gateway into expressing your voice to real world problems to others around the world and bringing awareness or by even starting a revolution to a movement that needs attention.
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In the interview they both talk about the role social media played in the Ferguson incident. Long story short


talks about how social media was not around back in time when the civil rights movement was going on. Also, another point that gets brought up is when he mentions Ferguson started off with just regular ordinary people not big named people like MLK or Malcolm X. In conclusion, based off of the readings given from Erin Lee in “How effective is social media activism?” and in Noah


“Hashtag Activism Isn't a Cop-out.” you have a better understanding in the way social media is an excellent way for organizations and movements to develop and bring more awareness to a lot of the ongoing problems happening in the real

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