Black Lives, Occupy Wall Street, Missouri fabricate a ’cause:’ ‘Causes’ based on emotions look more like tantrums – this is the name of an article I found recently that tries to argue that the Occupy movement, the recent protests on college campuses, #blm, Missouri, etc. all operate under fabricated causes. The author talks about the people fighting in these movements simply operating under a mob mentality. She says she thinks the movements are pointless and are not what this country, built from the moral and religious foundation of the Constitution, is meant for, etc. I’m not going to link it because it is not worth reading; however, the article got me thinking about media and social media and how they can be negatively related to these movements. This article is a prime example of the media having the power to disseminate wrong and very problematic information that has the power to change mentalities and be an detriment to social transformation. One huge example that I can think of in terms of social media is the incredibly violent comments that are placed on Facebook and Youtube. Youtube comments can be especially outlandish because there is more of an opportunity for anonymity. Twitter also has the power to be an incredibly negative force in relation to social movements, like when people create hashtags like #alllivesmatter specifically in response to #blacklivesmatter, etc. Yik Yak of course is also a prime example.