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“Can Social Media Set the Agenda in Addressing Violence Against  Women?” By O.S. Omoera and. H. Ryanga

Justification
This article describes the impact social media has on activist campaigns and there success rate therefore, it will support my essay because they both outline the importance of digital means to create identifiable change.

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Summary and thesis 
In this article Omoera and Ryanga (2016) review the idea that social media platforms i.e. twitter, facebook and YouTube can direct attention to issues that can result in action to create social change. The authors’ research focuses on methodological and theoretical considerations, social media and the role media has in setting the agenda for addressing violence against women. Omoera and Ryanga analysed three social media campaigns and researched their success rate. Therefor, how mass media can influence and even effect the way media is able to alter or change the public’s views. Social media is a new age form of media and the article describes what media is and how it can set agendas. In Omoera and Ryanga’s last argument point they talk about how social media is paving the way for addressing violence against women and describes how online campaigns have become successful and caused a change and how these campaigns are used to serve multiple purposes. To end the article Omoera and Ryanga (2016, pg 47) goes on to explain that “the public’s thoughts were directed to the various instances of violence against women and this in turn prompted action”.

Critical analysis 
Omoera is a senior lecturer at the Ambrose Allie University and Ryanga works at the University of Nairobi and both have published works on this topic therefore, Omoera and Ryanga are in a position to give authority on this subject. This could cause potential bias seeing as there field of work involves media and how media is evolving but they have managed to conceal it and only provide unbiased evidence and data. Omoera and Ryanga provide data found in other researched articles for their in-depth paper of social media’s success at shedding light upon issues surrounding women and sexual violence giving their article further credibility. An article by F. Edwards, P.N. Howards and M. Joyce links into this work because both articles explain how social media platforms are able to create a change through online activism. 

Reference 
Edwards. F, Howards. P.N, Joyce M. November 2013. “Digital Activism and Non Violent Conflict”. Digital activism research project, Seattle: University of Washington. 

Omoera, O.S, H. Ryanga. 2016. “Can Social Media Set the Agenda In Addressing Violence Against Women?”. World Science News 60: 40—50. 

“Advocacy and Political Potential at The Convergence of Hashtag Activism and Commerce” by L.C. Stache

Justification
This journal article talks about the success and downfalls of activist groups using hashtags to raise awareness, this text supports my essay because they both involve the use of the #HeforShe hashtag and how it can be successful.

Thesis and Summary
Hashtags are a big part of social media they are used to share an opinion, convey a message and to raise awareness. Stache (2015) researched whether hash-tagging is a good form of advocacy and activism for feminist action by looking at positive and negative connotations that amount from hashtags. Social media sites such as twitter, YouTube and facebook can be used globally which provides a large platform for opinions or messages to be spread. With social media reaching a wide audience people are able to continue conversations and add to other opinions (Stache, 2015, 162). Stache (2015) argues a pitfall of hashtag activism where the original hashtag is taken and used for a different reason. Meaning a hashtag could originally be used to spread awareness for a campaign then taken out of this context and used to spread different messages that do not relate to the original advocacy campaign. Lastly, the article explains how hash-tagging is a good way to spread awareness and let people show their public support but not useful to educate individuals who aren’t aware of the agenda or information on the original campaign. The author concludes by suggesting that hash-tagging is a good way of talking about these feminist issues but isn’t the best way to take actions against them.

Critical analysis 
Stache has multiple works already published about feminism and is a professional in this subject therefor giving credibility to her work and providing possible bias. There is possible bias because of her passion about feminism and her extensive work on the topic even so Stache has managed to conceal any bias by involving evidence from previous existing feminist campaigns in her research. This article links to a text written by Omoera and Ryanga (2016) that talks about the He For She campaign and their use of a hashtag to spread awareness. 

References
Omoera, O.S, H. Ryanga. 2016. “Can Social Media Set the Agenda In Addressing Violence Against Women?” World Science News 60: 40—50. 

Stache, L.C. 2015. “Advocacy and Political Potential at the Convergence of Hashtag activism and Commerce”. Feminist Media Studies 15. 1: 162-164.

“Digital Activism and Non Violent Conflict” by F. Edwards, P.N. Howard and M. Joyce

Justification
This article investigates campaigns who have successfully and unsuccessfully used digital activism this then relates to my essay because the He For She campaign uses digital activism in order to create change.

Summary and thesis
Edwards, Howard and Joyce investigated how digital activism is a non violent form of action which doesn’t include violence in either digital or physical form (Edwards, Howard, Joyce. 2013, pg 4). Through the research the authors conducted they found that Facebook and Twitter are the highest used Social media platforms used for digital activism around the world out of all other platforms. It was discovered that digital activism is deemed most successful when it is able to mobilise citizens (Edwards, Howards and Joyce, 2013, pg 14-15) and bring about protests or actions that bind together in order to create a change. 

Critical analysis
Edwards, Howard and Joyce are all experts in the field of digital media and activism therefore putting them in position where they can provide information on this topic. The authors have given credibility to their research by investigating hundreds of digital activist campaigns. This article in unbiased because there is research on how campaigns can be successful but they can also be unsuccessful. An article written by Omoera and Ryanga links to this text because both talk how social media platforms are able to successfully create a change through digital activism. 

Reference 
Edwards. F, Howards. P.N, Joyce M. November 2013. “Digital Activism and Non Violent Conflict”. Digital Activism Research Project, Seattle: University of Washington. 

Omoera, O.S, H. Ryanga. 2016. “Can Social Media Set the Agenda In Addressing Violence Against Women?”. World Science News 60: 40—50. 

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