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The case for Twitter activism

Downstream, Panther shared a story from Jezebel on how Twitter was very instrumental in turning the nation's eyes away from the death of a beloved celebrity figure and onto the incredible events that were transpiring in Ferguson, Missouri. Here is an awesome visualization of how the hashtag, #Ferguson, blew up on the social media site during the unfolding crisis. Sites like Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook deserve their fair share of criticism (Facebook especially) but when traditional media is being suppressed, as it clearly was by the Ferguson Police, social media can step up in very significant ways and make a huge impact. I personally was not following Ferguson very closely until it exploded on my Twitter feed. For all the shallow novelty social media has to offer, incidents such as this show again and again that these sites are not just windows into your favorite celebrity's dietary habits, but can be used as tools for great social awareness and the broadcasting of crucial information, especially when traditional media is too clueless to care or is in the process of being dismantled by jack-booted thugs.

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