Glitches in Social Media Activism
In the last year or 2, digital activism has been more prevalent than ever before. Social media has allowed for such quick and convenient spreading of information, allowing accessibility at such an exponential level. Though there has been a lot of important and productive information shared, there are also "side effects" or "glitches" to the speed at which these platforms are consumed and used.
Different questions and themes started to emerge from my research, and I became curious as to how I could bring form to them. Do these platforms actually end up minimizing and drowning out the deep history, stories, and voices of those most important, rather than amplifying and empowering them? I wanted to experiment with how I could visually represent my own experience as someone who is part of a marginalized community.
With the rise of anti asian hate crimes, below is also a commentary of my own experience in seeing the aesthetisized "branding" that this social media movement has created. With how much engagement and traction these attractive posts get, I wonder whether those re-sharing and re-posting are able to actually understand the context behind them. What does this also say about how we as a society absorb information? In the same way that saying the same word over again starts to sound strange, the plastering of these slogans over every platform and every medium I observed that my own perception of the meaning and power that they are meant to carry start to get distorted and lose their meaning.
This is an ongoing exploration of mine, and I think it's an important conversation to have especially being an asian woman entering the tech industry. I hope to continue to be cognisant of how we can grow with the technology we are both using and designing for, and to realize when it starts to shape our own behaviour for better or for worse.