Recent events have led to global outrage. Earthquakes, poverty, terrorism, massshootings, racism, and intense backlash towards refugees and Muslims. The point is, these issues are not what one would consider “new”, rather some of these topics are being more prominent, or rather are receiving more media coverage than before. But most of them have been around for a long time. What is different then?What we have now. Now days we have the ability to communicate to the whole world about what makes us angry, what we believe to be morally wrong, information we recieve, and personal opinions.
The world’s point of view is shifting. Voices roar in unison and popular opinions multiply at the speed of light. Many platforms allow this to happen smoothly, constantly, and thus, most prominent and strong or common ideas spread vastly. Webpages such as Tumblr, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, allow for one to expose to their personal audience their own thoughts, phrases, experiences, and share those, which they feel connected to.
But what happens when in this sea of screams into the void that global communications is, crashes with another voice roaring back as strong as theirs? These collapses of ideas might go to the streets and try to grasp attention to demonstrate their point of view is better than another. This can be either pacific, or violent, and do not necessarily have to do with the web (though it does facilitate this process).
There will always be movements to promote ideologies throughout the globe. After all, there is power in numbers. Through terror, through sorrow, through laughs, ideas will spread and the numbers will grow with the voice of their opinions. This opinions, with time, will be thought as facts, because of how many people read them, see them, comment on them. And our world will be shaped by it.
That’s why most movements that seem to spark in recent years aren’t actually new. They rather grow with every person they reach and convince. Their target market feeding of the ideas and “what if’s” of the scenarios planted by the many ideologies that exist. The question here to ask, is when does an opinion become a fact. When has a movement gone to far, and most of all, when do you know an opinion is right?