As most people wind down into holiday mode, I’m winding up in documentary data. I have family very near Ferguson Missouri, and I also have friends in Oakland, NY and other places that are protesting the court decision. No matter where you fall on the political scale, what is very apparent is that these riots and protests are nothing like the ones from even ten years ago; now we are all hyperconnected if we want. For many, even if we don’t want. But for those who aren’t taking advantage, there are many ways you can find out what’s going on at any time, and I thought this would be a good example of how to plug in.
MSNBC has a great set of images in their gallery of the riots, which are far more destructive than I thought they were, that you can find at msnbc:
Another great set of images can be found at PBS:
One of the things I find so gratifying is how technology CAN be a hub of information for people. News, for better or worse, has started to spread beyond the newsroom and card carrying journalists and has started to be be infiltrated by apps like Instagram. I’ve got photographer friends on the ground in places like New York and Oakland, where protests are happening. Seeing pictures pop up as they take them makes me feel connected to what’s happening. You can use hashtags like #handsupdontshoot #ferguson at instagram, twitter, and more. I have some screen shots below for you, but remember my dear students that these images are copyrighted. You can go to their individual websites, which I add as captions below each shot, or just start plugging hashtags into your app.
Twitter feeds can sometimes be overwhelming when things are happening, but it’s great for getting live feedback of events while they happen:
It’s nice to see how photography isn’t just selfies, lolcatz and memes; it CAN be used to inform, connect, and expose society. Something else to be thankful for.