Category Archives: Social Media Movements

Blog-Inception

As the class has been wrapping up on the blogs, it occurred to me that this blog project is an extension of our blog theme.  We created blogs through the internet.  Each blog had a specific purpose: to research a historical subject, compose poems about the subject, and inform the readers about a particular modern, social or political phenomenon.  The internet allows our classmates to breeze through interesting posts at their leisure, through their laptops.  In the past, a project like this could only be done through posters or creating a book.

Blogs are a new medium that quickly inform their readers through visual stiumuli and important information.  Reading blogs are usually free, allowing readers of all backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and intelligence to read them (so long as they have access to the internet).  Unlike most Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, blogs are often formal and have a specific purpose.

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Wael Ghonim and the Egyptian Facebook Revolution

Wael Ghonim is another Egyptian activist who utilized Facebook as a tool to organize protests and gain support quickly.  Ghonim organized an online campaign that immediately sparked interest in the demand to oust the country’s president.  The marketing manager rejects the notion that he is a hero, calling those who died during the rallies heroes and martyrs.  In an emotional interview with CNN after Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power, Ghonim stated:

“I want to meet Mark Zuckerberg one day and thank him […] I’m talking on behalf of Egypt. […] This revolution started online. This revolution started on Facebook. This revolution started […] in June 2010 when hundreds of thousands of Egyptians started collaborating content. We would post a video on Facebook that would be shared by 60,000 people on their walls within a few hours. I’ve always said that if you want to liberate a society just give them the Internet. […]” 

Here is the rest of the interview from CNN:

http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/02/11/exp.ghonim.facebook.thanks.cnn

 

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“Facebook Girl” : Glamour’s Woman of the Year

She is a Woman of the Year because: “In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, women and men stood shoulder to shoulder, demanding freedom and their rights. Women like Esraa insist the genie cannot be put back in the bottle.”
—Christiane Amanpour, who covered the protests in Egypt for ABC News


This quote about Fattah, said by a news anchor covering the protest in Egypt, puts into words how her efforts have released a powerful movement throughout Egypt that was constantly gaining followers and support.

As I was doing research about Esraa Abdel Fattah, I came across countless articles praising her bravery and naming her as Egypt’s icon for modern revolution.  She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, has conducted countless print and TV interviews, and as seen in the article below, was named one of Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year” in 2011.  The article presents how Fattah has also served as a role model for women.

http://www.glamour.com/inspired/women-of-the-year/2011/esraa-abdel-fattah

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A Movement of Many

What gives the Occupy movement such a unique edge is the powerful voice of their protesters.  The people that make up the movement are fighting for similar goals and have the same type of values.  However, each person contributes in a way that may not be the same as the other, or may be a slightly different idea to bring progress to the movement.  This video gives a good sense of the voice of the Occupy protesters.

 

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Rush Limbaugh Goes a Step Too Far

When Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” on his radio talk show, America responded with full force.  Fluke had testified at Democrat convention, complaining that the health care program at her Jesuit university does not provide contraceptives to female students. Limbaugh argued that if Fluke receives contraceptives for free, it is like she is being paid to have sex, like a prostitute.

Users on Facebook and Twitter, celebrities, news stations, and even President Obama defended Fluke within days of Limbaugh’s criticism.  In the following week, a total of 142 sponsors pulled their sponsorship for his show, including AOL, AllState Insurance, and Bonobos Clothing.  Although not everyone agrees on whether contraceptives (like birth control) should be provided by health care programs, most can agree at least that Limbaugh’s wording was unacceptable.

Because of the rush of support for Fluke and the drop of support for Limbaugh, Fluke quickly became a poster child for women’s reproductive rights.  Just how Frederick Douglass’ name quickly jumps to mind  at the mention of “abolition,” the public now can link Sandra Fluke’s face to the words, “reproductive health.”

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“Facebook Girl” and the New Media

Esraa Abdel Fattah was interviewed last year by the organization Human Rights First on how she is using social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, in order to rally support for a change in governmental policies.  The video addresses how Fattah has used these mass means of communication in order to organize protests and strikes.  This video also brings up the question of public Internet use and censorship: How far can the media affect social retaliation and uprisings?  Fattah is ambitious and faithful in her use of the Internet:  “We are going to monitor the next presidential elections with new media” (humanrightsfirst.org).

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Protests Through Our Laptops

In the twenty-first century, protests are more likely to be found through social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.  It seems like all Americans have access to the Internet and therefore, have the ability to post their opinions at leisure.  While this makes it easy to share opinions, this does not necessarily mean those opinions are necessary or important.  And these opinions are everywhere; it would be impossible to be fully educated on every valid opinion and social problem in the world.  Groups of opinions form protests and movements, but these movements are now through the Internet, not through face-to-face confrontation.

21st century America?

Because it is easier to form protests, the protests through the Internet lose their influence and power, because there are so many of them.  The more important ones could easily be lost in the ocean of non-important campaigns.  The most important campaigns (or at least the most famous) are those that protest in the old-fashioned way: rallies, picketing, marches, concerts, etc.  Large events will make a lasting effect on other citizens.  Posting opinions on the Internet will never be as important or memorable as organized events.  Organized events will always have more influence and power, because face-to-face contact is the best way to give your opinion.

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