Social media can no longer be seen as only a way to contact friends and family online. It has the power to now be used to implement social change, raise awareness of certain global events and even have political ramifications. It can be seen as a way to bring different types of people together to negotiate a change in places where it is needed.
“The role of social media in the “Arab Spring“, a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests in the Middle East and North Africa between 2010 and 2012, remains a highly debated subject.”
Below is a video that explores the impact of social media on the events with the Arab Spring:
Ways in which social media can be used as a form of protest include:
- To organize demonstrations (both pro- and anti-governmental)
- To disseminate information about their activities
- To raise local and global awareness of ongoing events.
The Arab Spring was just one of many protests that were profoundly impacted by the use of social media to raise awareness and impact change – and it is something that will continue to grow rapidly.
Memes are just one example of how even something so little can become a worldwide phenomenon where even someone who is on the other side of the world is aware of what you’re talking about or referring to.
Wikipedia. 2019. Social media and the Arab Spring. [ONLINE] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media_and_the_Arab_Spring. [Accessed 22 September 2019].