The example of citizen journalism I have chosen is “Cleveland Bus Driver Uppercuts Lady” which became a viral sensation in 2012. It is significant in the fact that the video recording was used as evidence in the eventual prosecution of the former RTA bus driver, Artis Hughes.
The video sees the passenger, Shi’dea Lane refuse to pay her fare and spit on Hughes. Hughes, in return, informs both the disruptive Lane and onlooking passengers that he is “old school” and that “yur going to jaaiill nowwwww” before dealing her a savage uppercut of Cesaro proportions. The video went viral in unprecedented proportions and it was not long before the case was receiving national and international attention.
It is striking that none of the passengers try to defuse the situation but instead howl in the background like a pack of rabid dogs. However, one bright spark was clever enough to record it all so there could be no denying the truth about the actual events that unfolded.
Pay your fares you guy. Except on the 226. They don’t deserve it.
John Canigli. “www.cleveland.com”. Web.
“Cleveland Bus Driver Uppercuts aggressive Girl”. YouTube. TheWogsChannel. Web.
In 2017, I firmly believe that social media is dangerous only to the weak. When one has no fear, there is only a constant reward of progression when using social media.
Forget anonymous posts and threads. Putting your name firmly on something you said or produced is where the reward lies. Anonymous posting is also for the weak. One should be proud of his/her opinions. Social media allows the lonely forty year old man living in his mother’s basement to become a virtual warlord in the maelstrom of daily feudal online society. There has never been a way in which the strong, silent type can so easily rise to power. Where once before the strong, silent type would have to simply take the beating from his/her enemy, they can now directly challenge the oppressors. To put it simply; social media is a weapon.
The most significant example is “The Great Meme War” of 2016. Where a cartoon frog was resurrected from the depths of Facebook and used to elect a “had-been” celebrity as the leader of the most powerful country in the world. What funding did this campaign have? Nothing. Just a basic version of Microsoft Paint with a cropping tool and a dead format of networking. Every dying website used for socialising was set ablaze with this cartoon frog. This frog may not have gotten the result that every single person wanted but it signifies how progressive it is. The only danger lies with those who did not fight their part, on both sides. Those who remained silent and voiceless. If you do not also use the social media weapon whilst your enemies do, then yes, you are in great danger. Social media enables you to always be proud of what you say. And you should always be proud of what you say.
Whether it is progressive depends on whether or not you play the game. I play the game.