Since the protests began in Ferguson, MO on August 9th, the day of Mike Brown’s murder, social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have been used extensively by organizers. Much like other new protest movements and revolutions around the world, these networks facilitate information flow which transcend both spatial and temporal boundaries, spreading […]
Workers Rising: Scenes from Thursday’s Low-Wage Worker Strikes
On November 29th, 2012: Around 200 workers walked out of McDonald’s, Burger Kings, Wendy’s, and other fast food establishments across New York City, demanding a $15 per hour, almost double the current minimum wage in the city. This bold action quickly inspired other low-wage workers around the country, and soon the strikes spread to Chicago, […]
Twitter and the National Fight For 15 Convention
Last week, I posted an analysis of the media coverage of the Fight For 15 convention, which I compiled using the Google News aggregator. With the exception of the New York Times article by Steven Greenfield, all of the information and quotes of each article originated from two Associated Press articles,one previewing the event, and […]
How Did the Mainstream Media Cover the Fight For $15 Convention?
Two weekends ago, over 1300 people convened in Chicago for the first ever Fight For $15 convention. While the low-wage worker strikes have been escalating over time, with an increasing number of workers and cities involved during each wave, and solidarity among the participants displayed on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, this was […]
Likes, Replies, and Event Invites: Facebook and the $15 Minimum Wage Movement
So far, my exploration into groups like 15 Now, Fight For 15, Fast Food Forward, and the multitude of others which compose the $15 Minimum Wage movement, has been focused on the content of tweets and the composition of users who tweet with popular movement hashtags. While Twitter is a network which rapidly facilitates the […]
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