Activism

Social media sites need to censor nefarious content to prevent harm
By Cameron M. Bray ’16 THE ROUNDUP Most people would agree that social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter are primarily used in a light and social manner, especially for entertainment. In fact it would be hard to believe social media can be and is used for other, more nefarious purposes. However, social media today is also used as an outlet for spreading propaganda, fear and hatred. Clearly, those…
‘Hacktivism’ proves unnecessarily harmful in digital culture
By Garrison Murphy ’15 The Roundup The Guy Fawkes mask wearing, Internet championing hacktivist group “Anonymous” globalized the idea of “hacktivism” that has become so prevalent in our digitized society, and in doing so showed us how dangerous it really is. Hacktivism is defined as an act of political and social activism done through computer hacking. While hacktivists have done some good for the web, the potential hazard hacktivism poses…
Hashtag activism brings issues to social media feeds
By Brendan Hinkle ’16 THE ROUNDUP This August students couldn’t log in to Facebook without seeing videos of someone dumping ice water on their head. The most recent online activism campaign was the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.” According to alsa.org, the challenge involves people dousing themselves in buckets of ice water on video, posting the video to their social media, and then challenging others to do the same in an…
Online activism greatly helps to spread awareness, inform public
By Andrew Howard ’17 THE ROUNDUP Information spreads more easily and quickly online There are many ways to spread awareness on important issues, but few are as efficient as the Internet. Online activism has the ability to change the world in only a matter of minutes. The convenience of online activism is what makes it appealing to many people. The ability to reach people by simply clicking a button is…
Online activism’s role unclear in modern society
By Reece M. Krantz ’16 THE ROUNDUP In recent social movements, online networks have become mass communication tools and vehicles for mobilization. Online services have created a superficial and often arbitrary mental state between man and the world’s plaguing problems by scaling them to clicks or “likes.” Websites such as Facebook and Twitter are being widely used by activists and citizens to relay information that is not always accessible through…