Living in the digital age means anyone with an internet connection has a voice that can be heard across the globe. However, this does not necessarily mean that anyone will listen to that voice.
This harsh reality came as a slap in the face to Cindy Dawson, a student at a local community college, when her Facebook friends refused to attend to the positions expressed by her digital ramblings.
Dawson, a 20-year-old resident of an affluent North Shore suburb, is a self-proclaimed social justice warrior with a lot of strong opinions on issues of race, gender, and oppression. With only 12 credit hours in her schedule this semester and her recently terminated employment at the local smoothie shop, she has a lot of free time to craft elaborate, argumentative Facebook posts pertaining to the issues she cares about. Despite this, the world around her is still rife with the very injustice she was convinced she was successfully combatting.
In a completely unsolicited manifesto sent on her Facebook page, Dawson said this:
“I just don’t get it. First of all, the only explanation for ANYONE having opinions different from my own is that they’ve been brainwashed by the government (if that is it’s real name…). People need to WAKE UP. I don’t see how I could be any more clear about this—my statuses are the most a person could do. Besides, all the important protests and rallies are usually held in the city, and I couldn’t be expected to go all the way down there. It’s not safe, and I’m SUPER busy keeping my Tumblr in ship-shape anyways. I’m not giving up, though. With my Macbook Pro in one hand and my associates degree in Communications in the other, I will change the world. Mark my words,” she wrote to no one in particular.
As far as we know, the social climate of the current generation has not yet undergone any drastic shifts. For more information on the opinions of crusaders like Dawson, visit any social media website.