Moral Injustice In Social Media

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Throughout the world, we are beginning to use social media sites and the Internet as our primary means of communication and source of information. The Internet is changing the way the people connect to profound events, making firsthand sources and feelings accessible. As a result of this, these events become more personal so that we relate them back to our lives differently, inspiring us to effect meaningful change in the world more often.
The Internet now gives us unprecedented access to important events around the world directly as they happen, and the reactions of the people affected by them. Two popular social media sites, Twitter and Facebook, are a prime example of this. Twitter provides a live stream where people tweet their feelings
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When news of moral injustice is shared on the internet via social media sites like Twitter, or video clips and photos, it touches people on a visceral level and often they end up feeling a moral obligation to do something to rectify the situation although it might not be anything that they’ve experienced in their own lives. Many people find it hard to really empathize with something until they can connect it back to their own experience in a meaningful way. Photos and videos appeal directly to people’s emotions, because it is extremely hard to ignore someone’s struggle when you can see it directly Groups on the internet come together to discuss current challenges that they face, and sites like Reddit create “critical-reflexive spaces of communicative interaction” (Milner) where people share their ideas and gain insight into accepted political and cultural beliefs that they hold. From this, people start to question the ways in which these beliefs serve as the foundation of institutions that contribute to the oppression of minority groups, and with this new understanding, they are forced to take a formal stance in these discussions. Although people can make the decision to keep the underlying …show more content…
He that points out that “thousands were arrested and untold thousands more radicalized” after four black students were denied the right to eat at a lunch counter, and that they did so without the use of the internet. Gladwell does not think that social media is effective in creating meaningful change. According to Gladwell, revolutions depend on personal involvement to the event or someone affected by the event, while “the platforms of social media are built around weak ties” and “seldom lead to high-risk activism.” Weak bonds that can make people feel something temporarily are also broken easily, and Gladwell argues that these bonds cannot lead to the kind of action necessary for a revolution. While it is true that a large part of social media is based on weak bonds, ultimately the people with whom we have these weak bonds are not the ones to whom we are paying the most attention. When using social media, people follow others that they are close to, or groups that they think are meaningful, and devote most of their attention to these groups, rather than the people that with whom they have only weak bonds. Social media makes it easier to create many weak bonds, however, this does not mean that it is impossible for meaningful relationships to develop between both people and ideas. To Gladwell, the kind of activism found on the internet

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