Twitter gets serious

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Gabriela Guzman

On Dec. 5, Carolina Quevedo scrolls through her phone to see what the updates are on Twitter. “Twitter is where I go to keep myself updated on what’s going on and what people are thinking,” Quevedo said.

Leslie Ruiz, Business Team

With the accessibility of social media at everyone’s fingertips, students decided to use Twitter to voice their opinions about current events.

 

Junior Jared Pope diverged from his typical social media activity to talk about real world issues such as Ferguson. Pope’s tweets took a more serious tone when he began to tweet his stance on the issue.

 

“There shouldn’t have been that much force used on Michael Brown,” Pope said, “I mean yea, he robbed a store but the officer could’ve handled the situation differently.”

 

Although Pope didn’t know all of the facts, he stands by his opinion.

 

“It’s tight how we can talk about issues on Twitter, even though I don’t always agree with what other’s say,” Pope said. “I like it.”

 

Another relevant issue shared amongst social media is animal cruelty. Students like senior Tiffany Nunez retweet and discuss the issue.

 

“It’s disgusting how animals are treated for bait,” Nunez said. “I mean they have rights too, not like human rights, but it’s not ok to torture animals for personal use like bait.”

 

Nunez is an advocate for students voicing their opinion by simply retweeting (which is to basically repost or forward a comment) or even tweeting a simple picture.

 

More modern issues that Downey Alumni Jaqueline Obeid decided to share via Twitter are the events happening in the Middle East, like the Israeli airstrikes on innocent Palestinian people.

 

“I feel like Twitter is the best place to spread awareness,” Obeid said. “I use hash tags and stuff which help get the word out.”

 

Although shared opinions sometimes get backlashed or are criticized, students are no longer afraid of what others think and are excited about the fact that their voices can be heard, even if it’s behind a phone or a computer screen. Twitter, which is a place usually known for causal exchanges and humorous banter, is now evolving in to a place of discussion and relevant topics.