In this article, the devastating death of George Floyd is discussed specifically in the context of social media’s pivotal role. While, unfortunately, police brutality-inflicted deaths happen often, they are consistently swept under the rug. However, when Floyd’s death was videotaped and went viral, action had to happen. Unfortunately, if this were not so out in the open to the public, it is likely that nothing would have happened, legally.
While in this course, we often discuss the negatives of technology’s presence in our lives, it is important to note that in cases like these, it is very helpful to have the resources to not only take a video but to post it online for millions of people to see. The article states, “It gives the public a chance to play judge and jury in cases that could get swept under the carpet”. In the case of getting justice where it is needed and otherwise may be swept under the rug, technology serves a very necessary role.