#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Twitter Users Protest Media Portrayals With Photos

By 08.11.14

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With Eric Garner and more recently the Mike Brown tragedy, there’s something to be said in the coverage surrounding the rapidly evolving and depressing ordeals: social media’s impact in both has been tremendous.

What began as a cop murdering an unarmed teenager quickly spawned into national media stories of rioting and looting and violent protests. Combating the hypocrisy in the coverage, Twitter sprang into action with their #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag. Users showed two photos of themselves, one generally in a professional or academic setting and the other in more relaxed environments.

While some teetered on the verge of going overboard, the underlying cause for the trending topic does highlight an important issue: the media can paint a person however it fits their own narrative. They’ve done it for years will continue to do so. Journalistic integrity is an oxymoron.


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