I think too many people don’t realise the power social media has in today’s society. Social Media allows us to remove so much censorship that the mainstream media is full of and allows the people to collectively share and express their perspectives on different issues. It allows us to organise and use the power the masses are capable of.
This summer I first hand witnessed the power of social media. With Operation Protective Edge in full steam in Gaza, Palestine with Israel lashing out violently on the Gaza strip killing thousands including children. I’m not going to go in depth into the conflict here, perhaps for another post.
Back to Gaza, this summer over social media I saw the atrocities and what was really happening, without the mainstream media and the very biased and one sided argument on display there. Malcolm X once said, “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
The media did just that to so many people.
Thanks to social media though (Twitter and Facebook mainly) protests were organised, and other forms of action and groups were organised. It united people in a sense, and I believe if social media doesn’t fall into then wrong hands it can go very far in the impact it has on the world and social change.
Essentially what I’m going at is that media isn’t bad, because social media is another form of it too, what I’m saying is it is powerful. And the mainstream media sadly is controlled and we need to see the truth for ourselves. Sites like Twitter give us access to the many versions of the truth, after that you are free to make your own judgements.