I am sure we have all done it at some stage – signed an online petition or sent out a tweet followed by a hash tag, designed specifically to incite change in the world some way or another. What good does it really do, though? Hashtags such as #blacklivesmatter and #notokay (a recent one used against sexual harassment in the light of Donald Trump videos), are used to provoke the audience to join the movement. This is with hopes that the hashtag will go global, and actually makes a change – this is the utopian, idealist point of view. The most recent movements I can remember joining, are petitions toward saving Medicare, and he #notokay movement on Twitter.
While I’m never certain that anything will come of it – because it hardly does with movements based predominantly online – I do them anyway. This is because if change was to occur, I’d be glad to have been apart of the movement, and I’m willing to support a cause. Despite my cyber realist point of view toward these online revolutions, there are some, which have worked in the past – namely the ALS ice bucket challenge, which raised millions toward the cause. (Looi, 2016) In my opinion, this is because it allowed social media users to get involved physically, before posting it online for attention – therefore leading to more movement.
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