An Exploration of Social Media’s Impact on Social and Political Justice Movements

Social media has seemingly invaded every inch of our lives. Its unique ability to facilitate the instantaneous sharing of ideas and to connect users with one another has revolutionized our interaction with one another and with the world around us. Because of these characteristics, social media has become a vehicle for social and political movements. Just as its digital platforms have revolutionized our daily lives, social media has undoubtedly impacted how individuals seek justice and encourage mobilization. The combination of my curiosity about this relationship as well as my observation of the growing “popularity” of being “socially conscious” has led me to raise numerous questions. How do reactions and access to contemporary social and political justice movements differ from comparable historical precedents , and how has social media contributed to this shift? How do involvement in social and political justice and “wokeness” impact social status? What role does social media play in supporting trendy and “shallow activism”—supporting movements because of their popularity?

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Final Panera post: My thoughts on the Panera Theory

Hi everyone! It’s time for my last blog post discussing Brian Fallon’s ‘Panera Theory’. Thanks for bearing with me as I meandered through the wonderful world of Stata this summer; I’m tremendously grateful to the Charles Center for its financial support of my research, and I feel as if I’m walking away from the Freshman Monroe grant with a greater appreciation (and understanding) of statistical modeling. I certainly intend on pursuing more sophisticated research along these lines in the future so I’m very pleased I was able to get a little experience and familiarity with the statistical techniques necessary for further research. But anyways, let’s talk about Panera!

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