Reading Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim made me think about how to make social activism as personal as possible to the participants through social media, especially Face Book. In Chapter 3, he talks about writing on the page as a first person and writing about his personal feelings toward Khaled Said. He also mentions the time when his daughter drew a painting of Khaled Said and how she said that some policemen are bad and how that picture brought the participants on the activism to another level of connectedness.

Many times, Facebook is used as a platform to do social activisms but there is a question whether people are participating” or not because they can just like things, post things from their bed, and not really do anything else (not that it is wrong or anything!). But bringing the participants to a personal level allowed and made them to do activisms outside the social media and actually go outside to participate so that the they can show how many people care about Khaled Said, and eventually made a change in the judgment of the police officer who tortured him. 


3 responses »

  1. kthompso says:

    I think you’re right in the sense that there’s nothing wrong with using social media as a tool to spread awareness and a message—and that that is something some people only do. However, I think people should feel some sort of responsibility for calling out racism or injustice, or else they become complicit in violence. It’s difficult because some people pat themselves on the back after doing nothing!!! At the same time, it’s hard to judge what constitutes as helping exactly, and how much does one owe to spreading a movement and being involved in change?? Lots of questions!

  2. zainjazara says:

    I wonder how much we can do here to fight unfairly light verdicts of police officers that killed innocents like Freddie Gray or of unjust verdicts for people like George Zimmerman. Do you think Americans can use Facebook to mobilize as well as they did in Egypt for change?

  3. nlredmond says:

    I agree with what has been said, especially the fact that a lot of folks are Facebook activists and don’t do much else besides post and repost etc. One one hand, actually sharing things on FB, especially articles or links that are unusual to see on these websites, posting “controversial” ( I use quotes because usually these statuses are actually on point and not even deserving of argument) statuses, etc. really puts certain people out there on the internet, and it makes their politics unmistaken to the 1000+ facebook friends they have. But I agree that there is always things that can be done “in real life” so to speak. I think what is most effective depends on the situation, or is a combination of the two. #blm was successful due to social media but also due to protests, erc.

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