Social Media’s Hashtag Activism and its Effectiveness Social media is a growing trend as it is increasingly becoming essential in the daily life of people. It is as of 2017 2.5 billion social media users worldwide, which is a vast number as there are 7.5 billion people in the world. (1, 2) As the usage of social media increases the world is becoming more globalized, thus people can learn what happens in other places in the world with help from social media. Social media activism is comparable to other types of activism, but instead of the activism being performed in for example the streets it is performed on social media in the form of hashtags, pictures, videos, and filters. Social media has over 2.5 billion users worldwide and has an amazing
In The Hate U Give, “THUG LIFE” is a relevant theme in the book because it represents a history of racial relations in the U.S., is related to current racial issues that still affect ethnic minorities and the effects of racial injustice towards communities of color decades later. To explain as to why “THUG LIFE” is a relevant theme in The Hate U Give is because it is a representation of a history of racial relations in the United States. This is very applicable towards race relations between Black people and White people. But often at times, Hispanics, Asians, Middle Eastern/Arab people and even Native Americans have been left out of the conversation of racial politics and the debate around it. ”They act like I’m the official representative of the black race and they owe me an explanation...If I sit out a protest, I’m making a statement, but if they sit out a protest, they look racist.” This quote that has been stated alludes to a few concepts.
It focuses on the role of African Americans in the American society and explores issues of freedom and equality. It concentrates on some themes such as African American culture, racism, religion and slavery. African Americans started their literature in North America during the second half of the 18th century. Resistance literature is a result of oppression and violence, where tyrannized or maltreated people struggle for their rights even if the system believes in social equality and justice. Oppression has many dominant types that are tackled in African American works such as violence, gender oppression, racism and abuse of power.
For 46% of Americans, social media sites are one of the top news sources. There are 2.34 million internet users who use social media frequently, and every second there will be countless information all over the world posted on the social network sites. What’s more, because of the massive audience, a lot of news media choose internet as a platform to publish their news and information. For example, blogs allow their users to share their ideas or attitude toward different topics, and have competitive discussions with others. Internet users nowadays can receive information no matter wherever they are, and it is not just news, but also messages from one’s family and friends.
For example, Ferber (2007) studied how racism has become prominent in the US through the portrayal of black male athletes in the media and that the stereotypical image of the black male as being violent, aggressive and hypersexual is being reinforced. Additionally, Rahier (2011) found that brown and black women are victims of a similar stereotypical representation that portrays them as hypersexual beings. In his study, Kulaszewicz (2015) focused on racial differences, stereotypes and the perception of African-Americans in the media. The author found that especially news stories reporting crimes committed by blacks are more in-depth and comprehensive than criminal stories about whites. Kulaszewicz (2015) concludes that through the biased representation of black males in the US media, the creation and maintenance of the image of blacks as dangerous and violent is being facilitated.
For example, the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) uses a twitter page to send posts about mental illness to a large audience. In the discussion, social media campaigns were also mentioned. By having a large amount of people post with a hashtag related to a cause, it brings more attention to the cause. One prime example of this would be the #Me Too campaign, which brought a lot of attention to the issue of sexual
News makers that are communicating directly with the audience with the use of social media are overtaking news organizations. Some people say that this is the reason as to why traditional media is important and others say the increase in the amount of eyewitness and expert accounts that are on social media make the traditional media less significant. (Bradshaw,
Deprivation in Discrimination During the Harlem Renaissance, African American culture demonstrated literature, music, and art. It marked a movement when white America started incorporating and recognizing African Americans. However, before the Harlem Renaissance, discrimination was at its highest peak; African Americans were treated like property, and violence was used as a persuasive, and psychological technique. Individuals that were targeted had to cope mentally and emotionally due to the agony that racism caused. Conflicts were created from an individual aspect, based off of prejudicial actions or comments, causing individuals to feel harmed with trauma and pain.
They had segregated schooling, transport and toilets under the Jim Crow laws. This is justified by, ‘the popularity of protest music in the 1960s was also fuelled by the massive social change that evolved from the Civil Rights Movement, the rise of feminism,’ (4) showing that many artists were also fighting for an ideological change in the way American citizens were treated by their country, namely African Americans and women, rather than only fighting against what they believed was an unjust war. Artists like James Brown (5) fought for black empowerment in American society. Brown’s song, ‘Say it Loud: I’m Black and I’m Proud’ (5) is described as being ‘an important document in the development of the Civil Rights Movement’ (5) due to its infectious rhythm and strong message about black pride and self-empowerment. Another example of a black artist is Aretha Franklin, who wrote songs about women rising up and demanding ‘respect’ (5) in the country in which she lived, both as an African American and a woman, as shown by her song title.