Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter Movement

The Civil Rights Movement began in the 1960’s with the aim of protecting the lives of Black Americans killed in tragic circumstances. The Black Lives Matter movement has similar objectives with the only difference in that it began on the social media (using a hash-tag #blacklivesmatter). This paper will highlight several similarities and differences between the use of media by Black Lives Matter Movement and the Civil Rights Movement.

One similarity is that the Civil Rights Movement supporters used office or booth telephone as a media channel to report the killing of an activist. Today, Black Lives Matter Movement activists use mobile phones to channel their grievances and promote the rights of black Americans. They also use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to reach people not only in America but the entire world. Another similarity is that in April 2015 protests over the death of Freddie Gray under police custody were aired in almost every media channel, including newspapers, radio and televisions. Similar protests happened almost exactly forty-seven years ago over the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; where again the newspapers and some radio stations captured and broadcast the protests.

On the other hand, a significant difference in media usage between the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Lives Matter Movement is that in the case of the former, the members and audience consisted mainly of older people, while the latter comprises mainly of young people. Another difference is that the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement were well-known to the public, while it is difficult to tell who leads Black Lives Matter Movement by posting and spreading information about the group’s activities in the media.

Some of the downsides of the new technology usage for the Black Lives Matter Movement is that it is worsening the relations between representatives of different races in America. The movement is gradually moving from its primary goal to propagating politics and even endorsing some politicians. Apart from that, the movement has lost control over what other people, members and nonmembers, are sharing in the social media concerning the movement’s operations.

“The Well Informed Lobbyist”

Provision of information is a significant part of lobbying because this is how the members learn about the goals of the lobby, individual and collective tasks, and achieve lobby cohesiveness. Another important goal of information provision is to help lobbyists in in building relationships with influential individuals and organizations as well as in addressing any issue which affects them before it becomes known to the publicity.

The three audiences include the public sectors, the private sector, and the civil society organizations. The public sector consists of government representatives, parliamentarians, and public officials. Lobbyists, business associations and companies form the private industry, while the civil society organizations work together with the citizens.

Lobbyists tend not to provide biased information because they are highly knowledgeable about government legislative process and have built strong relationships with different people and organizations that provide them with reliable and accurate information. Lobbyists scrutinize every source of information to ensure its credibility and reliability before they can release it to the public. Also, they appoint spies in government institutions as well as research and analyze legislative information. Lobbyists prepare public comments on legislative issues and mobilize clients for legal action enabling them to provide unbiased information.

About the author: Juliette Patioson is a bachelor in English philology and sociology at California University. She is currently working as one of the best writers at the place where you can find free narrative essays She also studies feminine psychology.

Started by juliettepatison at July 30, 2020 - 6:30 AM