Parkland Students: The Power of Social Media

Emma González has over a million followers on Twitter. Cameron Kasky has over 400,000 followers, while David Hogg has over 850,000.

Emma Gonzalez speaking at March for Our Lives / Photo by VCU CNS

With that many followers, it’s apparent that many people are interested in what they have to say in some way or another. Twitter gives students a voice that many people were not able to have just a few years ago.

For example, the weeks following the school shooting in Parkland, conspiracy theorists were claiming that Hogg and other student survivors who were speaking out were “crisis actors.”

Parkland students were quick to respond.

The topic of gun control has had a tendency to fade away a few days after a mass shooting. However, according to Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, the discussion of gun control didn’t fade. His answer? The students’ social media presence.

The students also took to Twitter to respond to politicians.

The power of social media and its influence that it can have is certainly evident, especially when it comes to mass shootings.

What are your thoughts on the positive and negative impacts Twitter can have, especially when it comes to discussions and debate following mass shootings?

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