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.