Twitter and #Ferguson

Dear all,

In the aftermath of the Ferguson decision, and the much-discussed condemning of social media in McCulloch’s speech, we can see the high stakes of a lot of questions we’ve discussed in this class so far.

Perhaps as a way of opening the conversation, here’s a link that shows tweets on #Ferguson and the temporal “hot spots” that happened around key events. Particularly when live-reporting is occurring online, and I’ve seen a lot of news outlets get facts wrong, Twitter’s communicative power is really being harnessed.


2 thoughts on “Twitter and #Ferguson

  1. Cindy Bautista-Thomas

    Mary Catherine,
    Thank you for posting about this as it is an area that brings to light so many of the issues that I am passionate about. It is fascinating how social media has created opportunities for individuals to voice their thoughts and pose questions with immediate interchanges. I appreciate you posted this site and I have shared it with my colleagues at work who were amazed!

  2. Elissa Myers

    I am also really interested in how people can use Twitter to voice their protest when it seems like there is no other way to get through to people in power. I am not sure if tweeting actually does get through to those people, but at least it cannot be as easily suppressed as physical protesting. It would also be really interesting to see where these posts are coming from–again, I find myself interested in how Twitter can bring people together in solidarity who could not physically be in Ferguson, but wanted to express their dissent regarding the recent decision.

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