Summer After Sophomore: Ferguson and Social Media

Day 93

This happened to be one of the most frustrating and exciting weeks of my summer vacation because so much happened in the world.

I spent the majority of the week engaging on various social media sites because, at first, it seemed to be the only place to gain coverage of the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. If you’re not up-to-date on the subject, MTV has done a pretty good job of covering it.

Regardless of my feelings on the events in Ferguson this past week (namely, I spent most of the week very angry and worried), this week represented a major milestone in journalism: social media is a major component of news. Period. 

Shying away from conventional media networks that did not cover it and only sharing ideas, images, and accounts with others, near and far, was worrisome and empowering. Empowering because we were getting the word out to the world in a novel way. Worrisome because of the limitations on media, on minorities, on people in general.

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” That is the paradox we face with no coverage–the terrifying attempts some will take to hide injustice. In this case, social media enabled a pathway of information, helping to bring justice to such a situation. (It’s not perfect, but it’s getting better and alerted many to an underlying cause that has been festering for too long)

Before you are tempted to turn a blind eye, remember: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I write more on the importance of social media in journalism on “Have Stories. Will Travel.”


Ashley M. Monty


Movie Tally

Ten Things I Hate About You (1999) (Like Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, except not really)

Fantastic Four (2005)

Frozen (2013)
Austenland (2013) (FTS!) (J.J. Feild is totally the love child of Tom Hiddleston and Lee Pace–I can see it; can’t you?)

Pitch Perfect (2012)


Song of the Week: “Rather Be” feat. Jess Glynne by Clean Bandit (bonus points if you can figure out what the music video is about because I honestly have no idea)


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