If the Hunger Games was real life we would all have our phones out and ready to record the brutality that goes down in the games. We would record rues death and Katniss’ reaction and someone would have uploaded it to YouTube or Facebook to show the world. Before we know it we would all be raising our hands in protest.
That’s how a revolution starts!
But what if I told you that we are already living The Huger Games!
Last year, Freddie Gray was killed by alleged police brutality and the whole arrest was recorded by a bystander.
The arrest was uploaded online and the word quickly spread. First, the leader of Black lives for Justice, Malik Shabazz used social media to organise a peaceful protest.
After seeing the social media announcement, hundreds of people took to the streets to call for justice for Freddie Grey.
It soon became out of hand.
A social network revolution was born.
Before long the Baltimore Riots began.
As soon as the riots broke out, the online world was flooded with images, videos and tweets from people and police at the riots or those commenting on the violence expressing their disgust or allegiance.
Although, posting online allowed for the fast involvement of citizens to have their say–however this is addictive. This is because the openness of social media allows us to have a voice and because we have these platforms available to us we feel the need to exercise our right to broadcast our opinion.
This creates an aggregation of perspectives online.
Facebook and Twitter were also used amongst High School students from eight different schools to organise a protest at the local mall. They called it the Purge– a reference to an independent film made in 2013.
It’s interesting to think about these riots as being organised and fuelled on social media. I wonder how long these riots would have lasted if social media wasn’t the key factor in fuelling the fire. I wonder if Malik Shabazz’s idea of a peaceful protest would have lasted. Would they have received justice if they protested peacefully?