Given the events that are taking place around the world, I believe it is a fair question to ask. Prior to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms, historically, if one were to look at the number of instances of Social Unrest/Mass Protests, one would notice that the actual number of these instances was pretty low. But since the advent of Social Media and its widespread usage, it seems like every other day people are protesting about something that they believe is wrong with the world we live in; and before you jump on me and bust my balls, NO, I’m not being sarcastic – I’m just stating the facts as I see them.
If one were to make a list of all the Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Media, one would conclude that the Disadvantages far outweigh the Advantages; does the mean that we should all abandon Social Media? No. But this notion that Social Media is some sort of revolutionary tool/platform that gives the voice to the “voiceless” is BS – in fact, Social Media is a cesspool and safe haven for all the gutless anonymous trolls that are waiting to jump on any opportunity the get to direct all their pent-up frustration and anger towards someone whom they’ve never met or seen or know – it’s just sad.
Although Social Media can act as a medium to quickly mobilize a lot of people for a certain cause, for example: Protests, more often than not, it actually ends up hurting the very cause that the organizers are trying to promote. The reason being that most of the people who do go to these protests and rallies, do so because they think it’s cool and hip – they don’t know or even care WTF the protest or rally is actually about. They just hop on the bandwagon to get that 5 Seconds of fame on CNN.
It is pretty obvious that Social Media is responsible for the recent rise in Social and Political Unrest. I would refrain from using the word “Blame”, as in some cases, Social Media has actually helped people bring about change in their respective communities. In any case, no matter good or bad, we’re stuck with Social Media for the foreseeable future – it’s here to stay. Only time will tell whether Social Media will actually bring about meaningful change in our society, or just spread more BS and make the masses even more ignorant than they already are.