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The Power of Collective Action

If you indulge in any kind of social media, you’ve likely seen collective action in work. The masses getting behind an idea and using that to set a new standard or rules in place by utilizing the power of numbers.

The growth of the MeToo Movement is a good example of how powerful these ideas can become. It has created this atmosphere of accountability and is also affecting the interpretation and creation of laws (Tippett 2018). The movement draws from the power of appealing to emotions and sharing stories between individuals that have been affected by these relaxed interpretations, as well as the social shame that comes with being associated with the crimes that stemmed from the development of the MeToo Movement.

Social media was a large factor in the growth of such movements as MeToo. In a world where technology can be so easily spread from person to person through the use of sharing and directly messaging newspaper articles or blog posts between groups. Some people use these productively, unlike myself, who uses these large platforms to send memes that only I find funny to my friends.

Age also plays a part in the success of the movement. The current generation feels different about some of the previously established cultural ideas that were popular but have declined in recent times. Combined with the growth that’s associated with growing the digital age, their ability to put out this information and share it is expansive, and their use of computer-mediated communication is almost second nature to those who grow up in this time and manner.

Realistically, I tend to find out about news from social media. I have apps such as CNN and subscription to the New York Times, both of which have push notifications enabled, so I try to vary my choices depending on what kind of area the information I’m looking for is in.

I’ve mentioned that I have some concerns about that state of information. The growth of social media is what I believe to be a genuinely good thing, but I also find that computer-mediated communications have some downsides of putting people into boxes that they don’t like to challenge or leave.

This constant availability to information has also had a downside of attacking attention spans. It’s taken me hours just to write the little over 400 words I’ve had so far. And these distractions are likely not going away anytime soon as expressed by David Smith, and he encourages individuals to be more picky about their social media habits (2018). The idea’s certainly easier said than done, but it’s something for everyone to think about and consider.

Communication blends both an easy concept with the growing presence of social media and it’s own effect on communication. Changes are inevitable, and no style of communication can remain the same. But, one can always learn how to best handle themselves as communication evolves into these new areas, and remain effective communicators.

References:

Smith, D. R. (2018). Attention, attention: your most valuable scientific assets are under attack: How digital contraptions and online accounts are contributing to academic attention deficit disorder. EMBO Reports19(3). https://doi.org/10.15252/embr.201745684

Tippett, E. C. (2018). The Legal Implications of the MeToo Movement. Minnesota Law Review103(1), 229–302. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=shib&db=a9h&AN=133776812&site=eds-live&scope=site

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Hello! My name is Jordan but you can call me Jordy! I'm an aspiring young writer/creator who focuses primarily on video arts such as movies and video games, as well as anything else that catches my attention. I'm a pretty mellow, introverted guy but I welcome conversation so feel free to reach out! Thank you for taking the time to read this!

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