The Power of Social Media

By Brooke Steinberg

Now more than ever, people have been turning to social media to express their feelings and thoughts. There are ups and downs to having social media always readily available for people to say whatever they want.

The negatives of social media as a form of expression are pretty obvious: name calling, fighting people behind a screen and death threats just to name a few. People tend to believe that because they are sitting behind a computer and the person they are verbally attacking cannot see them, it is OK for them to say things they would never say to someone’s face. These issues with social media have been going on for a while, and hopefully with time they will stop.

However, social media has had the power to make a change in the world.

Social media platforms have recently been an outlet for people to take part in movements across the country. The #metoo movement originally started in 2006, but with social media becoming more recently prevalent, it was hyped up on a variety of platforms this year. Women across the world began using social media to show other women and victims that they are not alone in the world of sexual violence. By posting #metoo and sharing personal stories of sexual violence, people everywhere are breaking the silence.

This year, the #TimesUp movement has been big across social media. This movement shows that time is up when it comes to dealing with sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace, specifically originating among celebrities and those in the entertainment world. The website for the movement reads that the movement is “a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere.” This is the movement you see celebrities taking part in during award shows and public events. For example, at the Golden Globes all the attendees wore black to show their support. Since people all over the world don’t have a stage they can stand on, they resort to social media to share their support for the movement.

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