Malcolm Gladwell who is the author of ”Small Change, Why the revolution will not be tweeted” supports that media cannot provide what social change has always required. Because the first example in his article shows that 4 young adult live in the time that people haven’t met facebook,twitter or the other social media yet.And they encount an incident that cause an activism. That event was spreaded by 600 people by gossip network. According to Malcolm Gladwell those people who defend themselves did not need a social media to spread their voice. In brief he feels that social media cannot provide unity and solidarity to create a change in the world.
However, In today’s world,internet age, people can get a connection with society by means of social media such as facebook,twitter, etc. I have an example that supports my argument which is a video clip of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ”Same Love” . In this video there was a guy who feels himself as gay in his early ages.The lyrics are :
When I was in the 3rd grade.I thought that I was gay.Cause I could draw. These 3 sentences show that being good in painting or other things that are same as this ability considered to be feminine.The continuous parts are :I told my mom, tears rushing down my face.She’s like,”Ben, you’ve loved girls since before Pre-K!”.A bunch of stereotypes all in my head.A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant.For those that like the same sex had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision.And you can be cured with some treatment and religion,….
And I can’t change.Even if I triedEven.if I wanted to…
Some of the parts that I share with you show that In general people think that according to some religious conservatives being gay or lesbian is a decision However in a scientific research it was proved that homosexuality is biologically driven.So that guy in this video clip says that Although I try to change my feelings I couldn’t do anything. The stereotypes determine people without thinking conditions,biological existence,etc.Samely,in the lyrics the word of ”gay” is understood as being something bad so people have prejudice towards gay people.
By means of this video clip in the 54th Grammy Music Awards the number of 33 gay-lesbian people got married. And they celebrate love against racism and homofobia.So the message is simple we feel different but it does not mean that we are different.
As a result this example that I disscuss above show that social media, video clips, web sites, etc. can really help people to show and support their ideas. And ıt is proved that 33 homosexual people have been encouraged by lyrics and visuals in the video clip to spread their feeling to other people. So for me, social media definitelly provide change that people need.At this point, I cannot agree with Gladwell’s justification.