What if Martin Luther King Jr. were a Blogger

What if Martin Luther King Jr. were a Blogger

Today is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and it got me to thinking, what if MLK were a blogger and social media savvy? The Middle East had the Arab Springs where they able to use social media to mobilize and take on their government. Would MLK be able to do the same?

Martin Luther King Jr. had the ability to mobilize millions to stand up for equality and stand firm in the face of harassment, beating and death. What if he the power of social media and blogging behind him, how much more powerful could he be or has our society become too apathetic?

I can imagine MLK with millions of Facebook fans and twitter followers. Instead of looking down the barrel of guns or water hoses, he could mobilize his army through his blog, Facebook and Twitter. Sisters and brothers, we believe in the right of every man, woman and child the right to bear arms in our beloved country. We do not believe that ordinary citizens need to own military style assault weapons that shoot 50 rounds of ammunition. Let’s take a stand against military style weapons and tweet “Ban Military Style Weapons,” brothers and sisters let your tweets be heard.

Could you imagine the posts he would write that would bring you to tears yet galvanize you to take action, with a tweet this button next to profound statements.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” (tweet this)

“Injustice anywhere is a treat to justice everywhere.” (tweet this)

How about the power of Facebook, could he get is message across with images?

 

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Would he have to write in short blurbs because of our lack of attention span? Could be compete against the likes of honeybooboo or the Atlanta housewives? Would he have to dumb down his prose to fourth grade level do to our poor education systems across America and nonchalant attitudes?

On his birthday, I wonder what he would think of America today. Would he be disappointed in all his hard work and what he died for to see us still fighting for the same rights? Would he be ashamed of the state of our society that cares more about TV stars than the rights that they continue to lose every day? Would he be sadden that our government has become so bad and corrupt that the citizens feel that they have no control and no matter what race they are they feel their votes don’t count. Would be horrified as he watched politicians buy, cheat and steal elections or that the Supreme Court has determined that corporations are people? How would he feel about Wall Street running our country, people losing their jobs and homes? What would he think of the mass shooting across our country? How about 9/11. pharmaceutical companies running our healthcare system, no-knock warrants, drones, cellphones plastered to our heads, terrorists, massive oils spills, global warming, warrant-less wire tapping, TSA, Homeland Security, body scanning machines, the first Black President?

I can imagine him never running out of topics to blog about. Up all night because there is always something new to say, something new to speak out against, fervently typing away at his computer posting on his blog, Facebook and Twitter. Would anyone listen? Better still, would anyone take action?

 

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14 Comments to What if Martin Luther King Jr. were a Blogger

  1. Sherryl Perry (@KeepUpWeb) says:

    This is a wonderful post Jennifer and one that has really made me think! Social media helped Barack Obama win the Presidency (and Mitt Romney lose it). So, I’m sure Martin Luther King would have made great use of it.

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    • Jennifer Woodard says:

      Sherryl,

      I agree that Obama and his team are masters at social media and Romney’s was not. Martin was also a master of using the media and he probably would have adapted very well to the new social media medium.

      Jenn

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  2. Susan Oakes says:

    Hi Jenn,

    I don’t think he would ever run out of topics to blog about either. I am not American but he touched people and still does around the world. I also think he would use every small win to share with his followers to give courage to others to fight the injustices. This is a great post.

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    • Jennifer Woodard says:

      Susan,

      Thanks for your comment and he did inspire many people and still do. I agree that social media would do a great job of not only informing others but encouraging others to keep fighting for justice.

      Jenn

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  3. JeriWB says:

    I often like to wonder what the most famous essayists and orators of the day would feel about the blogging format. A personal blog, after all, is no more than the modern form of essay writing. Yet, certain rhetorical practices employed by MLK would be unlikely to fit neatly into the short format expected for most blog posts. Still it would fascinating to see how he would harness the power of social media to spread his message of love, especially in this day and age, where we are once again surround by so much hate.

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    • Jennifer Woodard says:

      Jeri,

      I agree he would have been long winded for blogging, would have had to cut it down into short bites. We are surrounded by so much hate, but this he was used too. I bet he would be sadden to know that we are still surrounded by so much hate inside and outside of our country.

      Jenn

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  4. Susan Cooper/findingourwaynow.com says:

    What a wonderful article. I wonder what MLK Jr. would think about out society today. Yes we have come leaps and bounds in society but there is still much much more to do. :-)

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    • Jennifer Woodard says:

      Susan,

      I absolutely agree there is so much more we need to do, are we as a country ready?

      Jenn

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  5. Kelly Wade says:

    I think social media and blogging definitely would have helped MLK and his cause. He would have been able to get the support of followers all over the country and would have been able to relay his message across boundless mediums. If he were able to look at the U.S. today, he would definitely have mixed feelings. Although we have come very far, we still have VERY far to go. Cool topic for a post!

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    • Jennifer Woodard says:

      Kelly,

      Thanks for your comment and I think he would have mixed feeling also especially for some of the things that we are arguing about now that we argued about over forty years ago. He definitely knew how to use the media, I don’t doubt that he would have adapted to blogging and social media.

      Jenn

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  6. Jon Jefferson says:

    This may sound crazy but I like to think it is because of his courage and the courage of others like Rosa Parks that we all have a chance to have our voices heard on social media. Trailblazers do what they do so that future generations can have their voices heard.

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    • Jennifer Woodard says:

      Jon.

      Yes it is the trailblazers that give each future generation the privileges that they enjoy whether it is their freedom, technology, or medical, it takes courage to blaze the path of the unknown.

      Thanks for your comment,
      Jenn

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  7. capenewagen says:

    Hi Jennifer – I think MLK would be in the forefront of using social media to get his messages across. He certainly was media savvy. I also think that he would recognize that we as a country have come along way, and that we still have a long road ahead.

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    • Jennifer Woodard says:

      Larry,

      I agree that he was certainly media savvy. I also agree that we have come a long way but have a very long way to go, sometimes I think we are going backwards.

      Thanks for you comment,
      Jenn

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