Article: Feminist activism and social media – the medium is not the message

February 8, 2018by Jane Gilmore

#MeToo is another slogan for another revolutionary movement, and the fact that it’s a hashtag does not render it frivolous, it simply reflects the reality of modern communication. Information and collective protest are not passed on by pamphlets or songs anymore, they’re shared on social media.

There’s a touch of the luddite in her conflation of the jokes and throw away lines that flow alongside the explosion of pain and rage women share in the #MeToo hashtag. The medium is not the message and misnaming the groundswell of women’s anger as a triviality that only exists in the online world vastly underestimates both the level of oppression and the strength of women’s resistance.

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© Jane Gilmore 2014