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Mapping a march with social media

A Trayvon Martin rally in Atlanta through the lens of social media

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Social media is now an intrinsic part of social and political movements, a way for protesters in Tahrir Square in Egypt to keep tabs on police crackdowns and Occupy Atlanta to rally supporters at the drop of a hat to show solidarity in Woodruff Park. Whether Twitter and Instagram and livestreams have actually helped social movements gain traction or simply created a new generation of armchair activists is still unclear, but the thriving interaction between the two is undeniable.

On July 14, hundreds of people gathered in West End Park to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida teen, after George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was cleared on all charges related to his death. After the protest, we took a look at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a livestream documenting the march to better understand the intersection of protest and social media.

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