This week in class we talk about Social Media’s power during « special events », such as Barack Obama’s campaign and the Arab Spring.
Both of them uses Internet to communicate and they use a lot the hashtag they created to generate content. Social medias are a really good way to communicate about something because it can be see be the entire world and instantly. For example, during the Arab Spring, Twitter has been use a lot to keep people aware about the event for example the time and the place for meetings. People also used it to post pictures & videos and everyone in the world can know what happen.
While we were talking about that I cannot stop thinking about what happenned this year in France. January 7th, 2015, two individuals were killed in the offices of Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris. Social Medias were used as a massive medium to communicate with everybody with the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (« I am Charlie »). This slogan started to be use everywhere to represent our solidarity. And this does not stop here, because people put profile picture with this slogan or city in France illuminate one building with it to.
This hashtag can be divided in three categories (most of the people were in the two first one):
– Those in solidarity for the families of the victims
– The fighting for freedom of speech
– Those who see the opportunity to attack Islam for the actions of three individuals.(Reference: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2015/0107/JeSuisCharlie-What-does-Twitter-activism-accomplish-video)