Muffled Voices

May 4th Field

May 4th Field

If Facebook and Twitter didn’t exist, would we be standing on the field like Allison, Bill, Jeff and Sandy? Shaking our fists at injustices like a man acquitted of shooting an unarmed black teenager?

Would we be forced to use our voices instead of our keyboards?

Social media has made it easier than ever to voice any grievance, be it petty or deeply meaningful to you.

It helps you see where your “friends” stand on issues that mean a lot to you. Sometimes, statuses can be so disgusting that you might virtually unfriend the perpetrator.

But does your passion reach beyond the glowing screen?

Even if you start an opposition group on Facebook, say, for example, the “Arrest George Zimmerman” page, which has nearly 80,000 likes. What is your web page doing for your cause?

Especially when another page called “George Zimmerman is Innocent” also exists — and has almost 30,000 likes.

Change takes action. The internet is a good place to plant the seed and get people talking about a cause you’re passionate about.

But how do we progress to the next step of actually doing something to make the change happen? Especially when we’re all busy trying to balance work, school, social life and extracurriculars?

Was it simply easier to mobilize people with like minds in 1970? Or has the internet made us forget how to use our real voices?

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