While social media has allowed activist networks to grow and spread in unprecedented way, the cost may be more shallow engagement. One thing is sure though – messages of social movements are being seen by more people today than ever before.
#MeToo. #BlackLivesMatter. #Kony2012. #BringBackOurGirls. #ArabSpring. #TakeaKnee. #Climatestrike. #JeSuisCharlie. #HeForShe.
Can you name all the protests related to these #s? You’re not the only one. Nowadays it seems that every protest has its own hashtag. Just like the protests I described in my previous two posts, #VelvetRevolution and #ябандерівець. But where did these #s come from? And have they changed how we protest? #letsdiscover
For feminism to be effective it must centre on the most marginalised. Does intersectional feminism on social media achieve this?
Some weeks ago I found a news article on the website of RFE/RL (Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty). It told the story of how Ukrainian police officers and law enforcement officials started a social media campaign using the hashtag #ЯБандерівець (I am a Banderite). For example on Facebook: “I apologize, …
How is feminism changing in the age of social media? Collectiveness, community, connectivity… is social media shaping our feminist protests?