Power to the Internet User! Traditional protesting and petitions have changed with the development of an online community of activists and social media networks. (Photos courtesy of user “I don’t know, maybe” via flickr)
The protest against the originally named “Evil Blue Light” skit that first airedon the UConn television network, UCTV, was organized through a studentFacebook group.
Student supporters held signs as speakers, like Collin Neery, spoke outagainst rape and violence towards women.
“We pay the bills, and we determine the policies,”said Neery, an 8th semester English student at theprotest. One of the signs distributed at the rally.
Student protest organizer Emily Pizzale, a psychology major, used theinternet site Change.org to gather signatures for the petition.
State Representative Gregg Haddan joinedthe protest. “Simply testing boundariesabout what can be said or depicted shouldnot be part of the mission,” said Haddan toUConn students about the right toexpression.
A central location is still important for aprotest, whether online with Facebookor in public area like the front of theStudent Union.
With online resources, student concerns and activismseem to be gaining strength on campus. Curiousstudents stopped by as the protest went on.