12 September 2012
Blog Post 1 Summary and Response
Using the internet has become one of the most important factors in the way in which people live today; therefore, social media, like Facebook and YouTube, are some of the main ways that people communicate with one another. Before the age of technology, information was spread in person or by action. When society was faced with challenges like civil-rights movements, people could not simply click a button and believe that their problems were fixed. This passage strongly argues that there is a difference in the way activism was viewed during the sixties verses today. Boycotts, sit-ins, and protests spread like wildfire but usually among closely affiliated friends and the movements took efficient time to form. Demonstrations could last years, yet, today information can spread to thousands of people in seconds due to the amount of acquaintances and even strangers people tend to socially network with. Traditional activism provided strong-ties while current activism favors weak-ties among people.
Society today depends heavily on social networks and communicating to people through impersonal interactions. Although I have personally witnessed a group of people come together and stand up for their beliefs, I will agree that the form of activism is extremely different than it was fifty years ago. Using social networks to inform people of an issue is a larger more effective strategy of spreading information around; although, the impact of the information cannot be clearly determined by having hundreds of Facebook friends “Like” an issue. Activism involves a group of people who share common beliefs to come together to truly demonstrate their side of a conflict. Social media has weakened the depth of certain issues in today’s society by increasing the number of people who pretend to be involved.