In his article “Why the revolution will not be tweeted” Malcolm Gladwell argues that the social-media activism cannot lead to real revolution. He supports his ideas by defining the relationships in social media such as “weak ties” and he exemplifies his statement by Civil Rights War which was accomplished in the absence of any kind of social media.
In my opinion, social media cannot initiate a revolution but it can change it in a very considerable way. A recent proof of it is “Gezi Parkı” events. These protests started with the sit-in protests of environmentalist people who were opposed to the transformation of the Gezi Park to a building. Then the police attacked protesters in a violent way and this act of them initiated series of protests which were no longer related to Gezi Parkı but the violence used by police and the policy followed by the prime minister.
The role of social media is undeniable in the transformation of this protest from a green one to a politic one. First of all, when the police attacks were heard off, people decided to make a protest against these attacks and the protest was announced in Twitter and Facebook. If the social media didn’t exist, the participation wouldn’t be that high because the social media leads us to access not only to “strong ties” but also to “weak ties”.
Also, since the protests were denied by the other Medias such as television and journals, the only way to make people conscious of these protests was the social media. People who didn’t have the access to social media weren’t aware of the fact that the protests were that serious. Also, the idea of spreading the protests to other cities of Turkey was announced via Twitter and Facebook as well.
So, tweeting a140 words length tweet may be a small step for you but it can end up being a big step for humankind!