Social media sites provide highly interactive platforms for individuals and communities to co-create, share, and modify user-developed content. The growing use of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Yik Yak, and countless other sites on the web offers many new ways to connect and interact electronically. The web has given voice and power to individuals and communities, particularly the traditionally oppressed or underrepresented, and it has created new opportunities for self expression through writing, music and art. However, popular culture and social media's immediacy of sending and receiving messages in real time has also raised issues regarding content veracity/reliability; racist and sexist rants; as well as bullying and personal attacks. What is the future role of social media in our communication and interaction with each other and how can we use this new technology to advance issues about equity and diversity? Join us for an engaging and timely discussion.
If you are interested in learning more about this topic, check out some of the highlighted resources.
- Social Media go to War: Rage, Rebellion and Revolution in the Age of Twitter Edited by Ralph D. Berenger
- Media and Social Justice Edited by Sue Curry Jansen; Jefferson Pooley; Lora Taub-Pervizpour
- Privacy: Big Ideas/Small Books by Garrett Keizer
- Twitter a Digital Socioscope Edited by Michael W. Macy; Yelena Mejova; Ingmar Weber
- So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
- Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism by Paolo Gerbaudo
VideosThe Power and the Danger of Online Crowds (TED Talk) by James Surowiecki
The Tribes We Lead by Seth Godin (TED Talk)
Online Social Change: Easy to Organize, Hard to Win by Zeynep Tufekci (TED Talk)
Articles & Blog Posts
- Using Social Media to Build a Better World: A Culture of Amplification by Mary Elizabeth Williams (salon.com)
- Social Media Activism in Response to the Influence of Political Parody Videos on YouTube. by J. Lim and G. Golan in Communication Research, 38(5), 710-727
- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube-and Democracy by Bob Samuels in Academe, 97(4), 32-34
- The Case for Social Meida and Hashtag Activism by Sabina Khan-Ibarra (Huffington Post)
- www.racialicious.com- A blog about the intersection of race and pop culture.
- resistracism.wordpress.com- Website with numerous blogs focusing on race and anti-racism.
- www.bullybloggers.com www.bullybloggers.com- The Bully Bloggers are a queer word art goup, writing about everything queer, so, pretty much everything: politics, culture, etiquette, vampires, cartoons, the news, philosophy, utopia and revolution.
- www.feministing.com- Feministing is an online community of feminists and their allies.
- Jason Bucklin, Out4Good & LGBT Programs Coordinator, Minneapolis Public Schools
- Stephanie Chrismon, Givens Fellow and Academic Advisor, Martin Luther King Program, University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts
- Elliott Powell, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota American Studies Department whose research focuses on race and popular music
- Uyenthi Tran Myhre, Assistant Director, and Coordinator, Social Media Communications, University of Minnesota Women's Center
- Anitra Cottledge, Director of Communications, University of Minnesota's Office for Equity and Diversity