In the world we live in today it is easier to put your voice out there than in anytime in history before. Anyone can publish their opinions as a blog or as a tweet. We can share pictures instantly with anyone, anywhere around the world. It is pretty amazing when you think about it.
One of the ways that social media has been particularly beneficial is through the spreading of ideas. More so, the spreading of ideas that can change people’s lives for the better. Sometimes, something comes along that goes viral. Not since the invention of the television have we seen anything with quite the same effect as the internet has had on news and media.
You may remember two years ago when Invisible Children launched their Kony 2012 campaign. Continue reading
A week ago, David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the UK appeared on the BBC Politics “The Andrew Marr” show. While on air, he joined millions of other people in throwing support behind the #BringBackOurGirls campaign which has exploded online. Continue reading
Is it a good thing? How much impact does it really have? Does it do more damage than good?
When there is not much more we can do, surely it’s all we can do and it’s better than nothing, right?
All good and important questions.
Cynicism from some people is part and parcel when something positive grows. People like this are normally just cynical. It’s in their DNA. They don’t offer any useful, positive alternative. They want something to be angry about and this is simply the latest. Tomorrow it will be something else. We can’t change people like that. So we shouldn’t listen to their voices.
(This is why I have chosen not to give links to tweets or blogs from people like this here. It won’t change their opinion, and it will just make me more like them).
They are the grownup who tells you that your dreams aren’t realistic. They are the High school guidance teacher who says that things like that don’t happen to normal people like you.
They are closed. And the door’s locked.
Maybe they are right. My voice alone can’t persuade the Nigerian Government to act but our voice together can make our Governments sit up and take notice. Maybe, some who have tweeted their support have done so for selfish reasons. I don’t know all our motivations but I do know that I’m not sure it matters so much. They are making their voice count for something positive and I’ll take that over trying to cut something down just for the sake of it any day.
This is why #BringBackOurGirls has been so powerful. Not because we think a hashtag can change anything, rather we know that making a noise can.
And if you have a voice (or twitter, or a Government you can appeal to) then you can make a noise too.