As technology has evolved and the political climate has grown more intense, political activism has taken a new role through the use of social media. Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook have allowed an unprecedented level of communication among groups, enabling them to grow in number. On the OU campus, President Boren has utilized Twitter as a way to speak directly to the student body, in the moment, with urgency.
With other prominent voices in our community, we have seen a surge of organized protests at the capital, as well as more informal local gatherings of solidarity in our local communities. In addition, social media has allowed yet another platform for one’s opinions and lively discussions. Particularly among young people, social media has become the primary way we promote our political opinions.
These new forms of communication were vital in the organizing of the Women’s March and for the immediate response to dozens of gatherings to hold anti-protests for many of President Trump’s political decisions. They were equally important to stomp out racism in the moments after Charlottesville. This issue was inspired by the rise in social media activism in light of the recent political discontent and by the amount of activism seen among our students and faculty here at OU.
The following pages explore the advances and drawbacks activists have encountered through online platforms and highlight individuals and organizations that have utilized these platforms to advance their beliefs and raise their voices.
Alumni Section Editor and Director of Media