Trayvon Martin: Does Going Viral Make a Difference?

Trayvon Martin is a household name, but does it matter? The man who shot and killed him has still not been charged with the crime. The more I learn about the farce that makes up the investigation the more frustrated I become that nothing has really been done. What good does it do to have this knowledge if we do nothing with it? Knowledge is power right? I just don’t see what power we have with this knowledge if nothing is done to bring justice to the situation.

This feels more like the bystander effect. Hundreds of thousands of people are aware of the situation and still nothing has actually been accomplished as far as justice being served. The bystander effect or Genovese syndrome shows the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will take action to help the situation.

It definetly says something about the power of social media that this story within 3 weeks did what others have in 1 year. I am just not sure if I am ready to say one of the new tools of social media is justice. I don’t feel that justice, in this case, has been affected by social media. Justice has yet to be served here.

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