I predict to outcomes that are likely to happen, if there was no social media today. One outcome refers to the difference in activism that would take place without it and the other outcome refers to a decrease of awareness. I believe both are foreseeable outcomes, in a world with no social media.
As we all know there has been a huge growth in social media over the past several days. One particular way in which social media is used today is as a form of activism. The activism can take the form of protest type activism, donations for a cause (i.e. #IceBucketChallenge), and many other forms. Many people use social media to have their voices heard on issues that are prevalent today. While many people find social media to be a great outlet for such causes, there are some critics. Some refer to such activism as “slackavism.” Arguing that social media has caused many people, especially youth and young adults, to replace other forms of activism such as protests and demonstrations, that require people to actually come out for a cause, sort of the “old way of doing things,” as some people refer to it as. I believe that without social media, this old way of protesting and demonstrating would be more prevalent. I am not suggesting that it is not used today, but because social media has served as another outlet, many people choose to fight for a cause through the computer.
Without social media, however, there would be a lack of awareness of the racism and discrimination that marginalized communities still face today. With the lack of young people who choose to watch the news and the lack of diverse history taught in schools, many of the horrific events that have happened over the past several years and all throughout history would have been unknown by a large part of the young and young adult community. Today, even as college students, it is easy to here about a news story by just jumping on twitter, than turning on the tv and seeing it on the news. Moreover, without social media, some of the incidents would not have even came to light. Today, it sometimes takes a brave individual to record injustice on their cell phone and post it to some social media outlet, then there is outrage. And then sometimes comes a chance for justice. Thus, without social media, many injustices would be swept under the rug, as they have been for centuries. Moreover, some young people who do not face injustice a normal basis would go on to think that we live in a just, post-racial, post-gender, post-sexuality, society, when we in fact do not.