By: Kristen Fong
Social media has become one of the most prominent tools in our everyday lives and has gained the ability to influence history. Everyone has a cell phone and movements like the Women’s March on January 21st took advantage of the technology in everyone’s hands. Through hashtags, tweets and Facebook events, the movement sparked marches all over the world, Calgary included.
Almost 5,000 people attended the Women’s March in Calgary even though only just under 2,000 people RSVP’s to the event prior. Social media spread the word and throughout the day, it took over downtown.
Mike Morrison runs “Mike’s Bloggity Blog” which has been running for 11 years. He says, “we never want to be the first one to something, we never want to be the only one eating at a restaurant, that sort of thing. And social media sort of allows you to see that other people are one, thinking the same way as you, but also two maybe, might be going to a march or a protest of something like that cause you don’t wan to be the only one there. So it helps you inform what the general public is thinking and a lot of people base their decision on that.”
Social media gives people a voice to participate in a global conversation right from their desk or even while sitting on the bus. You don’t have to physically be there to be a part of a movement.
Although it can be used to learn more about the world, social media can be one sided based on who you follow. Morrison says, “…if you choose to follow people that only support your beliefs, you’re going to allow yourself to believe that is the normal thought process and i think we saw that…we see that happening more and more since the U.S. election.”