Social Media for Social Justice
Since the origin of widespread social media, it has united users with a new era of social activism and a craving for social justice. Every day, news stories surface, calling attention to various platforms that have become an online haven to share gross violations of human rights and political and social chaos in a demand for justice. These exposing posts result in users uniting for an act of change.
In light of recent events, it is imperative that we come together to create dialogue, share perspectives, learn, grow, and make changes in how we treat one another. While it's easy to get caught up in the negativity that surrounds us, social media is an incredibly powerful tool that we can use to amplify our voices and the voices of those that have historically been silenced.
"In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers." - Mr. Rogers
We encourage you all, as you navigate the chaos of today, to think a little deeper about the role social media is playing in your lives right now. The weight of the world is so very heavy, but there’s much we can do to bring light to the positives happening all around us. Mainstream media seems to focus so much on the bad because bad things happen in an instant. The good things take time to progress. Social media can tell beautiful stories of hope and resilience and amazing work happening all around us.
We can open the small windows of our world, and challenge ourselves to new views and perspectives, by being intentional about whom and what we follow. We have the choice to act in accordance with our values or personal brand or throw it all away with one off-brand post. We have the ability to rewind and go back to who we were years ago. And while many things we post, share, comment, or follow will carry with us, we have the ability to alter or delete anything we choose. We can look back on our former selves and ask... “Did I treat them with respect? ….. Was that necessary? … “Could I have handled that differently?... Should I have spoken up?”
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better. Do better.” - Maya Angelou
There is a balance (while sometimes so very difficult to find) between establishing productive time behind our screens and becoming perpetually overwhelmed by everything we have access to. We need to be monitoring not only our own mental health but considering that of others as well. Despite the anonymity that exists behind these screens, there are friends and colleagues and human beings behind them too. Now is the time to access whether your online presence is HELPFUL to you and those around you. Consider how much of the time we are spending behind our screens, we could be utilizing real-life interactions and activities. Refrain from pouring your frustrations into other people's feeds or comments sections and focus on your own self-worth and care.
Recent events have shown how we can harness the incredible power of social media for social good…
- Social media allows us to communicate messages to more people faster than any other medium. It can take minutes for a post to circulate the digital world and spread like wildfire, appearing on thousands of screens in a matter of clicks. This content exposes the realities of issues all around us by accumulating awareness and a following among users who resonate with the content.
- Social media provides a narrative to share news and current events that are not directed purely by mainstream media. Standard channels that broadcast stories oftentimes only disclose concrete statements without deeper details on the situation at hand. Social media enables the capability to react and respond to ongoing conflicts and contribute relevant resources or additional information not provided by primary networks.
- Social media is a conceived space for individuals to join in on imperative conversations occurring in any segment around the globe. This platform is accessible for parties feeling their voice may not be heard otherwise. It’s for activists who may have limitations spreading their message elsewhere, or in a face-to-face public forum. This is a truly collaborative entity. It allows individuals to join together in the face of solidarity and host discussions on controversial issues.
If you are ready to take action and control of your social media platforms, contact Smart Gen Society for Social Media Reset resources. We are here to help you take action to become more authentic on your channels, protect your privacy and data, and empower meaningful communication between you, your families, friends and colleagues, and those you are connected with.