Social media for Social justice – Maggie Thomas

Although social media can be used for the sharing of selfies, videos and vines, and communication between users, lately it has been used for the promotion of social justice. Links and messages can be shared viral with the simple ‘click’ of a button, so why don’t we take advantage of it and help change the wrong happenings in the world.  Raising awareness for the important causes by sharing photos, inspirational quotes, and hashtags is a great example of how social media furthers peoples knowledge and raises money quickly and easily. For example, the recent ALS ice – bucket challenge, encouraging donations for the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. (#alsicebucketchallenge) This included nominees pouring a bucket of ice water on themselves within 24 hours, otherwise they had to make a donation towards the research of the disease. This resulted in $100 million being donated and lives being changed forever.

Another way social media is being used for the better is the police facebook page. When a community member goes missing or something dangerous is in the making nearby, the police can alert the community members through social media. This improves the safety of the residents and can potentially save lives.

By using social media for social justice, we can make a huge difference in the world and therefore make it a better place.

 

 

Angeliki Samios- Can Social Media Change the World?

Social Media is a great way too spread awareness around the world. Although some people think it is a waist of time, other people think it makes a hell of a difference. Once something is posted on social media it is immediately re-posted and shared across the world.

Social Media is a good thing because it spreads awareness and lets people interact with other people.

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Katerina Astropalitis – social media can help our society ?!!!

From Instagram posting, Facebook sharing and tweeting about your day, did you know that this actually is helping our community. People from all around the world use social media in all different ways, in some accounts, it can help people like the police and the government. There have been many cases where the police have used social media to track down hackers and criminals.

This is evident to the story of Instagrams hacking. A man with the instagram name of “Lauren Selmon” was requesting to follow vulnerable teenage girls that he would stalk and start talking to them. He would pretend to be friends with them, then start asking to meet them. Unfortunately, he got to one of the young girls and molested her. Her name was “Olivia Whites”, she committed suicide 1 year prior to the rapping. Yes, social media was the connection between this molesting, but that’s why these apps have buttons that let you “block people” and you can put your account on private, it would be your decision if you let them follow you. Social media was the connection but the stop to multiple molesting’s in the future. Police found his account on Instagram and shut it down.

The government can also use social media to get information about people that have been hiding or committing a crime. For example, if someone was hiding from the government for doing something, the government can use social media to help get some background information about the suspects physical features or their where abouts.

This is why i believe that social media is helping our society. It helps our government, it benefits our government and it leaves us feeling safer about the control that the government.

Written By Katerina Astropalitis

Annie Bates-Social Media for Social Justice

Instead of condemning the use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, critics are now praising users of social media for promoting social justice causes writes Annie Bates.

Rather than users of social media utilising their devices to create cyber friendships and an internet community, many patrons are being encouraged to continue hashtags for specific issues in our society. The hashtag #BringBackOurGirls relates to the hundreds of Nigerian girls that were kidnapped by a terrorist group. This led to a social media rally which continues to draw attention to this devastating crisis. Many women are active on social media but not only for the pretty pictures. The driving awareness of women and girls’ issues through hashtag activism is very popular today. These truly innovative campaigns have spread to thousands and thousands of people throughout the world. The reading and sharing of these hashtags will give many other people in our community insight into different issues.

Other social media activities promoting awareness are the different challenges that are filmed and shown online, these challenges create awareness of different issues. The very popular ALS Ice-bucket challenge featured all over Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. In India millions of people lack access to clean water and proper sanitation and believed the ice-bucket challenge was wasteful. They have started a rice bucket challenge that involves people of their community to take a bucket of rice from their kitchen and give it the nearest person in need.

I believe social media can be very beneficial in creating awareness of different issues in our society rather than just being a tool for creating cyber communities.

A public demand for Justice – Ena Beganovic

It can be seen that social media is a distraction for people of all ages. But what critics don’t understand is the world’s negativity we are distracted from and the knowledge of social justice we are gaining from just viewing these sites. It is obvious that the social media platform is larger than anything critics have ever seen, although the only attention that it is attracting, is that of the negative type. Those with a large number of so called “followers” often use there fame to reach out messages of social justice and spread positive morals to those who value their opinion.

Charities and foundations who need awareness, often take to these populated sites in order to gain supporters and a larger viewing of what they are trying to achieve. The ALS Ice Bucket challenge is a perfect example of a small organisation wanting to gain publicity and raise awareness for those with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The videos of part takers dumping ice cold buckets of water on top of their heads went viral and raised massive amounts of money for the rare disease and research for the illness. Even I had a go in spreading social justice through charity awareness to friends and family.

Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are all successful women with over 60 million followers on the social media site of Instagram. This gives them a valuable chance to spread social justice all over the world and that’s indeed what they do. Selena Gomez was lately spotted helping out in homeless shelters, tweeting, “we need those who have so much to be grateful for, to be as grateful as those who have nothing.” This is an obvious plea to lead people to develop a drive for determination of creating a better society filled with mounds of respect. Social media is undoubtedly a platform used positively to promote social justice.

Gabby Jeffs- Social Media for Social Justice

Social Media has been the target of cruel judgement lately. It has been wrongly judge for being pointless and a waste of time. There are a number of people who use social media as a way of creating change and social justice.

Many websites including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have over 1,000,000 people using them. With this many people using it new information spreads quickly. This year many people all over the world have tweeted, instagrammed or Face-booked the #FreeKesha. Helping the singer/ song writer Kesha after she was sexually assaulted by her record producer Dr Luke. As a large amount of people also use filters on these apps to support others. An example of this is the 26 million Facebook users who changed their profile pictures rainbow to support gay marriage. These 26 million people chose to change their profile pictures as support for the LGBTQ community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer).

One of the biggest media trends on all of the sites was the ALS ice bucket challenge in 2014. The ALS disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) affects the cells of the brain and spinal cord. The challenge was brought out for donations to the organisation. The millions of people who tried the ice bucket challenge experienced what it is like to have the disease as you feel the numbness, cramps and twitches. The challenge was worldwide as people did the challenge and uploaded it on their social media pages and donated money to the organisation. On YouTube there was about 2,330,000 videos on the ice bucket challenges. From July 26th to August 26th 2014 they raised 85 million dollars for the organisation. This averages to 35 dollars per second. Social Media was one of the main causes of awareness to the organisation and disease.

Social media is a huge part of our society these days. It is used for more than just funny videos and selfies. It helps raise awareness for the important issues all around the world. Social media promotes social justice for our universe.

Pascale Healy- Social media, Social justice

Instead of condemning the use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and, Instagram, critics are now praising users of social media for promoting social justice causes writes Pascale Healy.

Social media was first established as a way to connect with people far and wide, now it has grown into something much more. A way for society to help one another and better the world. Now some people use it as a platform for promoting social justice, this has been proven to be very effective for many people around the world.

Social media usually doesn’t receive the positive label of ‘social media, social justice’, but it really does deserve to have this type of label instead of a ‘bullying zone’, ‘a place for self-absorbed people’ or a ‘place that creates antisocial behaviour’. Social media is becoming the new way that the world can take important issues and do something about them. It can educate the world on particular issues because of the awareness and exposure of issues like health, overall wellbeing, gender equality, sexual violence and civil rights, and social media is easy to use and access especially because it doesn’t cost anything.

The hashtag phenomenon has been a huge help in raising awareness of important issues like police brutality (#Ferguson), keeping the Internet free and open (#NetNeutrality), funds for ALSA (#IceBucketChallenge), and many more. This ‘hashtag unity’ is a powerful way to unite people from all over the world to educate, provoke and support change. Communities are created because of social media and they can be and are used to find justice. Social media has helped in some natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti, non-profits used social media to support the community and mobilise rescue efforts. For the tsunami in Japan, people used social media to get updates on the situation as well as search for family and friends. Many people have already started to use social media for social justice, so you can do the same.

Social media creates a circle of awareness; the people who see the issues through social media’s exposure act upon it then share their experience on social media, therefore inspiring others to do the same. So jump on social media and help to solve issues and support others around the world on our journey to a successful society.