Ferguson Incident

The Ferguson case, touching the hearts of many people, is mostly addressed via social media as all the other cases involving social inequalities. It has become a common trend for people all over the world to meet at a dynamic platform where they are able to connect, support and act upon todays injustices. The strength of this connection allows for collective activism.  Coming across different hashtags related to the Ferguson incident I noticed an aura of people contributing different insights, connections, and information all touching upon a common core. I have looked up #Ferguson on Twitter and looked into hashtags that touched and enlightened me in a way. One of the hashtags was reminiscent of how this incident affected the use of social media. It posted a link that’s titled : In Wake of Ferguson, Facebook Is Making News Feed More Timely. This article underlined how attention on Ferguson was drawn by social media ,especially Twitter being a lot more active as the event developed than Facebook which was lagging behind by about three percent. Facebook then announced that it is tweaking the formula that determines how the news feed is filtered so that when the next story unfolds they will make it noticeable sooner. This portrays how social media platforms are acknowledging peoples dependency on them when it comes to getting actual coverage on events. This is reminiscent of Gabriels experience of how her research on googles representation of black women was acknowledged by Google and in fact caused a change in their algorithm which is written in : D.D Gabriel.”Blogging while black and British:An exploratory study on the use of Blog as social cultural and counter hegemonic practice”.Diss.University of Salford.2014. Not only do we react to the internet but it also reacts to us. Gabriel also points out in her article the strength and importance of collectiveness through social media as it brings about social activism. This hashtag is different from others in that it is not a direct reaction or update on the case but however a more technical review of social medias recognition. Contrary to this technical connection another hashtag makes a connection through similar experiences. The second hashtag I came along  had a link to an article about a similar case regarding Darrien Hunt who  also died in a similar tragic way. He was reported as a “suspicious person” in saratoga spring, salt lake city and was also shot by police to death. He was unarmed and treated in a similar manner to Mike Brown. This hashtag shows how people come collectively for support. Another hashtag I came along was more of a personal one where a girl posted an article of her experience taking part in the protest in Ferguson. She describes how there was police everywhere with watchdogs and K-9 units. She describes how a protest turned into people being sprayed with gas. She portrays how a mourning in peoples hometown was met by a violation of human rights. This post in contrast with the other two is a personal experience which allows the reader to emphasize with the writer and get an actual true reenactment of the scene. All three posts had different messages. The first one was informative in a sense of how social media is crucial when it comes to social inequality and how it makes changes to make access to these kind of events easier and faster. The second post was more of a relative one through common experience of loss and an outreach for support and action. The third post was a narrative of ones experience that was aimed to expose police brutality and how they were in violation of human rights. All three post are common in that they play a role to inform the public of how powerful social media is when it comes to social injustice and the need for collectiveness as opposed to individualism. All of these posts provide an alternate view from mainstream media which is one sided and framed.

The links I pulled up from the hashtags are as follows:

http://utahpoliticohub.com/darrien-hunt-did-not-have-to-die/

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/09/18/in-wake-of-ferguson-facebook-is-making-news-feed-more-timely/?mod=e2tw

http://www.ebony.com/news-views/ferguson-forward-when-i-close-my-eyes-at-night-i-see-people-running-from-tear-ga#.VBzx70vv_Gv

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