Social Media and Occupy Wall Street

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With so many technological advances in today’s society, it is no wonder why industrialized nations like the United States are constantly changing and always seeking to find the next best thing. Social media is one of the several technological advances currently thriving in American society. Social media has significantly changed the way of communication between organizations, communities, and individuals through websites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Recently, social media has become a vital role in social movements like Occupy Wall Street, an ongoing series of protests against economic inequality, greed and the influence of big corporations on government. Unfortunately, the impact of social media on Occupy Wall Street has had mixed reviews. While some people, like Malcolm Gladwell, believe “the platforms of social media are built around weak ties,” others view social networks to be effective when trying to address the issues behind Occupy Wall Street. Certainly one of the greatest benefits of using social media within Occupy Wall Street is the agility of the Internet. With the quick click of a button, thousands of people from across the nation, and even around the world, became well known of this protest and its strategy to uncover the truth behind America’s economic inequality. In a news story from San Jose Mercury News, John Boudreau explains that social media has allowed for a rapid response from protestors. He adds, “What would have taken months to unfold in a different era has occurred in days and hours.” He goes on to receive several comments from supporters of the protest who share a common belief. One “occupier” tells Boudreau, “If not for social media, 80 percent of our information would not have gone out to get people’s attention…social media helps us to stand as one.” Without the numerous Twitter hashtags, Facebook pages, and YouTube videos, it would have taken weeks, if not months, for people to recognize and show their support for the...
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