Social Media and the Court

Social media has made is easy for anyone to keep up with those within their circle. However, what people forget is that once you post into the world, you cannot simple delete what had been posted and expect it to disappear completely.

As our generation progresses so does the court. Lately, social media has played a part in family court. Did you know is could affect your family court case? What you post on social media whether is it Twitter, Facebook or any of the other platforms, it can affect your situation in court. Post and pictures can be used as evidence against you. Nicole Sloane and Jenna Thirtle from Family Law Matters said, “Parents really do need to be careful about what they post on Facebook as these posts can be used as evidence in a parenting matter, depending on the contents of course.” Since social media platforms are part of the public domain and anyone can have access to it than it can be brought up at family court.

Just as it is important to keep your social media clean for work related reasons, the same rules apply for everything else you do especially as a parent. If you are trying to get custody make sure to double check your platforms so if does not get used against you. Posting a picture of a group of friends having a beer is different than posting on Twitter that you are about to get “lit” with the guys on Friday night.


Overall, as attorney Michael Robbins mentions in his article, “no matter what kind of family-related dispute you are involved in, it is important to remember that your online presence could be scrutinized by the court.” In general, though you should always be aware of what you post on social media. Again, it is great to catch up with loved ones. Just keep this short and sweet!

#socialadvocacy; Why Social Movements Have Gone Digital

By: Lauren Oliver



One of the many ways the rapidly evolving technological age has shaped our society is by greatly impacting the landscape of activism and social advocacy. While the image that comes to many people’s minds with the word ‘activism’ are images from the Civil Rights Movement and the protests of 1960’s American, in reality activism today looks drastically different. With the high amount of engagement from users on social media platforms, it’s not surprising that those platforms would eventually serve the purpose of connecting like minded individuals.

Before the Digital Age, activists who were passionate about the same issue were likely only in touch with one another if they were geographically close to one another. Now, passionate activists can connect from any distance simply by using social media. Though some people write off online activism, it’s importance is real and tangible. 21 Hashtags the Changed Feminism explained the evolution of hashtags for social movements and demonstrated that over time hashtags have become safe havens for oppressed people and legitimate platforms for activists. The significance of being able to connect with thousands or millions of other people who have had a similar experience or have similar beliefs to you is undeniable. Through these online safe spaces many have found a voice and a community that they didn’t have before.

Of course digital advocacy does have its opponents. In Anti-Hashtivism the writer expresses frustrations about the ‘0 to 60’ environment that online social advocacy can sometimes be guilty of. While it’s true that social media makes it easier to create an echo chamber for yourself, the benefit outweighs the negative aspects. Overall digital innovation and social media have created necessary safe spaces for thousands of people who had never felt a sense of community.


The Impact of Social Media on Social Activism and what it has to do with Advertising

In the age of social media and social activism it is important look at how the two connect and disconnect and how it can affect brands.

By Amanda Castillo | @_mandymichelle

How young adults get involved in social issues through social media. Source:

In the age of social media, it only makes sense that we would find a way to incorporate it as a tool to advocate for the causes we strongly believe in. Social activism is by no means a new idea but it is changing in the way it is shared and organized through social media platforms. a great example of this is the use of hashtags on Twitter as a way to bring attention to certain topic, #BlackLivesMatter, #LoveWins, #NoDapl, and most recently, #LetThemIn as an attack on an executive order signed by President Trump to ban people from Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S.

While there is no question that social media is a powerful tool for advocating for important causes, is there a disconnect between off-line activism and online activism?

The fact remains: social media cannot reinvent what it means to do social activism, to be political, and to achieve social change. While a retweet or a change of profile picture is a sign of solidarity and a way to spread a message and support a cause, there is often a disconnect between how people want to portray themselves online and how they choose to act on a daily basis. Are they protesting? Are they donating? Are they volunteering? Are they engaging in social activism? Or are they merely saying, “I don’t agree with this, but I’m not inclined to take action against it”.

How can social media help?

“This connectedness is an essential mechanism with which members of our generation communicate with each other not only just to socialize, but also to advance our ideas of social justice for the world we live in.”

The Women’s March on Washington is a recent cause that really showed how a cause can be magnified and elevated to a whole new level through social media. What was supposed to be a local march became a global event because it was a cause that resonated with so many people in a way that made them want to go out and do something. The cause and the organization of the cause were on the same page and it allowed for a historic demonstration to take place. In this case, social media was used as a tool to organize and not just to get people talking but to get people to go out and do.

Okay, great. What does any of this have to do with advertising?

Well, because we as a generation are putting more effort into social activism this means that social justice is no longer off limits for brands. Lifestyle brands are now more likely to take a stand on issues that are trending on social media. In fact, it seems like not taking a stand on certain issues can alienate consumers as much as taking a stand some consumers oppose. An example of this is the #LoveWins campaign. Brands such as Ben and Jerry’s, American Airlines, Macy’s, Target, Jell-O, and many more supported the campaign. While those opposed to the ruling swore off the brands and they may have lost customers they increased their brand loyalty and gained lifelong supporters by taking a stand on a controversial issue. We are seeing this more and more often when equality and diversity are in question and I am interested to see how vocal or non-vocal brands decide to be in the next 4 years.


Has Social Media Successfully Reinvented Social Activism?

Lil Wayne Criticizes Black Lives Matter & Gets Criticized Himself

By Phyllis Lynch

Recently during an ABC’s “Nightline” interview, Lil Wayne said some off-putting statements in regards to the Black Lives Matter movement. Wayne, who has previously called out police corruption in his music, blatantly disagreed with the notion that people need to be told that black lives actually matter.

Lil' Wayne And Fetty Wap Perform At Foxtail Pool At SLS Las Vegas

“I am a young, black rich mother******,” Wayne said. “If
that don’t let you know that America understand black mother******* matter these days, I don’t know what it is.”

He then proceeded to claim that the white cameraman film
ing him was clear evidence of society living in a post-racial era. This extremely problematic notion is nothing more than ignorant and inaccurate, which breaks my heart to admit because we loved Lil Wayne. We were his fans, we grew up listening to him and related, even if it was only vaguely, to his struggles, so to hear that he doesn’t share our values on equality for our people hurts.

Social media ripped the rapper a new one after catching wind of the cringe-worthy interview. Fans were outraged and rightfully confused after a video of Lil Wayne supporting BLM surfaced. He tried to undo the damning damage by initially preventing the interview from airing, then apologizing after its release and blaming his disgruntled behavior on the interviewer’s questions. Reporter Linsey Davis asked Wayne if he would want his 17-year-old daughter referred to as a “hoe” or “bitch” the same way he refers to women in his songs.

Davis didn’t offend Wayne at all, and defiantly not enough for him to be so combative towards her during the interview. Davis asked him a necessary question that I feel most rappers need to be prepared to answer. It’s no secret that hip-hop has an immense amount of misogyny associated with it. While we actively listen to artists who spew distasteful lyrics at us every day in the name of good music, these artists need to be held accountable for their heinous statements.

Reshaping Social Activism

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By: Blanca Reyes
One of the biggest social media movements happened in November, 2010. During the Arab Springs, the tweets related with it increased by thousands per day; videos of the protests reached millions and millions of views. Blogs and postings in Facebook from government opposition groups reached without precedent high levels. Social media helped raising awareness around the world about the situation. Social media also played an important role organizing the protests and divulging the repression from the government.
These events marked the “beginning” of the called e-activism (although social media had been used before, it had never reached these levels).
Some people have divided digital activism into three categories: Awareness/advocacy, organization/mobilization, and action/reaction. Each of these categories are used to get different results. The outcomes can be from spreading the word about a cause, a non-profit organization asking for help or getting attention to the government, media and/or authorities.
We do not need to look at other continents to find excellent examples of how social activism is being doing nowadays.#BlackLivesMatters, #MarriageEquality, #RefugeesWelcome and #NosFaltan43 are just a few examples of many causes, which are looking for the community’s support. Although social media cannot replace the protests, votes or marches, it is a powerful platform to organize people and to promote their causes.
Social media also helps to bring out of the shadows social problems that, very often, are not covered by the mainstream media for different reasons. Sometimes it is not because of a malicious reason of lack of interest, it is just about not being able to be at the right place or at the right moment, or it is, simply, because some events are taken as usual injustices. It is here where social media lights the flame of society’s interests for these inequalities.
It is a fact that most people want to see more social justice in the world; it is also a fact that nowadays many people have access to any kind of social media. Although these platforms cannot replace the actions, they can be, for sure, a powerful tool to find support and to make visible important social causes.

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Garza, Alicia, et al. “Herstory/ Black Lives Matter.” Black Lives Matter, Haki Creatives, Accessed 23 Oct. 2016.
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“Marriage Equality USA.” Marriage Equality, Tectonica, 2014, Accessed 23 Oct. 2016.
O’Donnell, Catherine. “New study quantifies use of social media in Arab Spring.” Washington, U of Washington, 12 Sept. 2011, Accessed 23 Oct. 2016.
“Refugee Welcome.” Refugees Are Welcome, 19 May 2016, Accessed 23 Oct. 2016.

Ben and Jerry Officially Invited to ‘The Cookout’

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By Phyllis L.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, Ben & Jerry’s posted a tweet in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The post has since gained approximately 62,000 retweets and 86,000 likes.

The duo then released a powerful statement on their website, encouraging Americans to join in their stance of non-complicity on social inequality in this country. Their conclusion on why black lives should matter is because those lives are children, brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers– humans, like everyone else.

“They matter because the injustice they face steal from all of us – white people and people of color alike. They steal our very humanity.”

The pair empathy expressed their difficulty in seeing “the list of unarmed [African] Americans killed by law enforcement officers grow longer and longer.”

Twitter users showed their appreciation for the company by creating the trending topic #BenandJerrysNewFlavor. The hashtag contains a horde of vibrant, witty suggestions. Here are a couple of hilarious tweets that I felt had no chill – pun intended.

And my favorite one of all:

It’s no surprised that not everyone is pleased with the dynamic ice cream duo’s perspective on racial injustice.

Even though Ben and Jerry’s specifically stated that they “believe that [by] saying Black lives matter is not to say that the lives of those who serve in the law enforcement community don’t,” some people aren’t at all convinced. Others have even gone as far as to accuse the company of promoting the killing of cops, a completely opposite notion from the duo’s peaceful perspective.

This is hardly the pair’s first encounter with unpleasant opinions and threats of boycott from one of their social announcements. They have a history of advocating for political issues. For example, last year’s celebratory name change of the classic chocolate chip cookie dough flavor to “I Dough, I Dough”, which was as a result of the Supreme Court’s verdict to legalize same-sex marriage.

Their new, creamy peppermint ice cream, “Empowermint”, was released earlier this year in an effort to generate awareness to social issues, such as voter ID laws in North Carolina. This flavor perfectly captures the compelling messages that Ben and Jerry’s is promoting.