The Impact of Technology on Social Movements

Over the years social media and technology has boosted the speed in which messages are delivered to people. Compared to the old days people now have several different sources on hand to get in contact with each other. What price will society pay to fit in. Technology and social media is widely known for how fast ideas,news spread all over the world.

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Instead of depending on word of mouth like the old days, social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram help deliver the latest news, gossip and hashtags at a much faster rate.

Technology has become a huge part of everyday life. In “Computers in Human Behavior” by Mohammad Salehan and Arash Negahban they wrote, “Information and communication technologies (ICT) have significantly changed the way we live and have become an inseparable part of our lives. Many people, especially the youth, use these technologies on a daily basis and for various purposes.” What they were trying to explain was that in this day and age using your phone comes naturally to everyone that uses it.

They also wrote,

“These days, most people have mobile phones and use them on-the-go. Recent statistics from December 2011 show that there are 331.6 million mobile phone subscribers in the United States which indicates a penetration rate of 104% for mobile phones across the country. In 2011, the number of mobile phones worldwide exceeds 5.6 billion, showing an 11% increase compared to its previous year and an average penetration rate of 79.86% worldwide.”

What they were trying to convey was that there are millions of people using their phones every day not just in the US but all over the world.

Technology has impacted our culture because in our day and age technology is apart of our daily routine. It is very time consuming and people depend on it to much. In “The Role of Smartphones in Mediating the Touristic Experience” by Dan Wang, Sangwon Park, Daniel R. Fesenmaier they wrote, “Mobile phones have evolved to be smart computers (smartphones) supporting a wide range of information services that can be accessed anytime and from (almost) anywhere. With the increasing number of users and greater incursion into people’s life, smartphones have the potential to significantly influence the touristic experience.” This explains that phones are always evolving and they are becoming a staple in everyone’s day to day life. They also wrote,“Smartphones as one kind of new media now can provide a wide range of information services to support not only basic travel activities such as planning, reservation, and navigation, but many “micro-moments” within the travel process such as finding gas stations, estimating waiting time of rides, and “seeing” places as they once were.” They are trying to say the average smartphone do all the things that we think that we need day to day like phone calls, text messages, social media ect.

We need our phones for time, alarm, communication, social media, and simple things in life. Technology has changed social values because it is Focused on teaching girls how to be for boys and how to not be a Hoe but not how to love yourself and love how you are. Technology changed social expectations because everyone has their own expectations that they speak out on behind their computer and keyboard.

Technology has affected the black lives matter movement because it made it more viral on social media such as Facebook and Snapchat. As Jelani Cobb wrote in her article, “she ended with ‘black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter.’ Garza’s friend patrisse cullors amended the last three words to create a hashtag: #BlackLivesMatter.” With certain situation like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner where they had a phone call or a video leading to killing which sparked controversy all over the world especially in the United States.Aislinn Pulley is a prominent figure of the Black Lives Matter movement. During the time in which Black Lives Matter movement started to surface the public, president Obama invited Pulley along with other Black Live Matter figures to attend a meeting at the white house to discuss issues surrounding civil rights. Pulley declined the “white house invitation, on the ground the meeting was nothing more than a photo opportunity” (Cobb, 2) for president Obama. Pulley declining the “photo opportunity” highlights the president was using the photo for publicity purposes and not because he genuinely cares for the Black Lives Matter movement. Technology available to this group, tailored its goals, tactics, and rhetoric to the media of its time.

Although the advancement of technology and social media has its pros, these advancements have shined a dark light on technology and social media as a whole. People have become very dependent on social media and technology when it comes to being up to date on the latest gossip and stories. Most of these stories are brought and biased. This day in age people now have the ability to “buy tweets and even tweeps (people to tweet on a person’s behalf)” (Khan-Ibarra, 5). People being able to “buy tweets and even tweeps” insinuates the information being distributed by people on social media is false. People are being paid for their thoughts instead of the facts. Companies are “buying the space on social media and taking away from momentum activists” (Khan-Ibarra, 5). Companies buy their space on social media illustrates they are taking away authentication ideas from others to share ideas and stories they know nothing about.

Although in this essay I explained how evolving technology was helping the human race but it also hurts them too. In “Put Down That Phone! Smart Use of Smartphones for Work and Beyond” by Gabriele Morandin, Marcello Russo and Ariane Ollier-Malaterre. They wrote, “Although we use our smartphone for many important daily activities, over reliance on them can have some unintended and unfortunate consequences. Unlike the devices used by prior generations, smartphones are more than mere inanimate objects, and instead have become personally involved ‘subjects’.” They were trying to say that the phone makes everything less emotionally involved. They also wrote,

“It is apparent that we now have the power in our hands to live dream lives, fulfilling our goals and staying connected to our loved ones. All these things are good things. But are we really living such dream lives? Are we really using mobile communication technologies to boost our work performances, enrich our lives, and feel happier? Of some significant concern, we are rapidly discovering that mobile phones can be addictive….They have a dark side that can inhabit and inhibit, rather than enable and empower our ideal lives”

What they were trying to say it that we may think that phones are helping us reach levels that we want but in all actuality it’s holding us back.

Every day the world is changing and things are done differently. Technology has also affected the way students are taught and in which they learn. It has changed the classroom. Technology saves us time and allows us to access material in only minutes. With all the time technology produces, it also has downsides and it also may have created a less intelligent society. We are so dependent, we do not even have a concept of what life would be like without computers. When we are forced to live life without computers we are left hopeless and disillusioned and simple everyday tasks become major chores.

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