Headline, February 06 2019/ '' ' TWITTER !WOW! *TWIRLS ' ''


FILM PRODUCERS - TELEVISION WRITERS AND advertisers have changed the way they create content to respond to fans who express their views online.

Gone are the days when piece of art could promote stereotypes, demean women or ignore the existence of people of color without a backlash. Professional critics might identity these problems.

''Twitter users definitely will. They'll demand better. And many, many times they receive it.''

It's not surprising when powerful people resent Twitter, calling the critiques that come from it too negative, too intolerant, too sensitive. Twitter didn't invent  knee-jerk  reactions, conflict or polarization, but it did expand the set of voices all of us have to hear.

IT''S IMPOSSIBLE TO AVOID NEWS about how harmful social media can be. The Cambridge Analytica scandal. The ubiquitous Russian bots.

The lackadaisical response of tech industry leaders to privacy violations, election meddling and harassment.

All the optimism about social media as a vehicle for social change that followed the Arab Spring in 2011 has largely dissipated.

Twitter - which once prompted users with innocuous question ''What are you doing?'' - is now better known as a home for unforgiving criticism, stripped of the politeness that can soften real-life interactions. Many have become social media cynics.

Despite it all, the way we use Twitter and get together on !WOW! made this decade better.

Rightful critiques of social media, and Twitter in particular, shouldn't obscure the significance of the conversations that have happened there over the past 10 years.

As we enter 2020, powerful individuals and societal problems can no longer avoid public scrutiny. That's thank in part to those who have demanded attention through the website.

The online activism and commentary that takes place on Twitter are often dismissed as expressions of ''cancel culture'' or ''woke culture''.

But a closer look reveals what's really happening : Many people who lacked public platforms 10 years ago - the young and members of the marginalized groups in particular - are speaking up, insisting on being heard.

For our forthcoming book ''#Hashtag Activism : Networks of Race and Gender Justice,'' my colleagues and I studied how groups including African-Americans, survivors of gendered violence and transgender women have used Twitter to build vibrant communities and to influence news and politics.

We found that movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo, while they had pre-Twitter origins, were pushed into mainstream consciousness by networks of ordinary people sharing firsthand stories, making demands and developing shared political narratives on the site.

Without Twitter, these campaigns for race and gender justice would still exist, but they wouldn't have nearly the same momentum.

It's well known that African-Americans' influence on Twitter - where they are overrepresented both compared with their numbers in the United States population and compared with other demographic groups who use the Internet - shapes memes culture, fashion trends, slang humor. But it also fuels  cultural criticism and political demands.

Twitter users have disrupted a media landscape where gatekeepers - in an industry that has always fallen short when it comes to race and gender diversity.

Twitter has fundamentally altered the ways most communities interact with media, as users feel empowered to challenge the harmful framing.

''I think the presence of Asian-Americans on Twitter has actually really showed journalists, editors and people in general in the newsroom how it is important to cover Asian-American issues.''

''With Twitter you can call out a publication if they mess up, or if they don't cover certain topics. Now there's accountability.''

Like all technological tools, Twitter can be exploited for evil and harnessed for good. Just as the  printing press was used to publish comment that argued fervently for slavery, it was also used by abolitionists to make the case for manumission.

Just as radio and television were used to stir up fervor of McCarthyism, they were also used to undermine it.

Twitter has fallen short in many ways. But this decade, it helped ordinary people change our world.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Twitter, and social media and users, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Professor Sarah J. Jackson, University of Pennsylvania.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

See Ya all  prepare and register for Great Global Elections on : The World Students Society :wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter-!E-WOW! -The Ecosystem 2011:

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Good Night and God Bless

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