Social media unites during tragedy in Paris

By: Irene Pool

With the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, Nov. 16, leaving at least 129 people dead, people from around the world are rallying together to show their support.

The following Monday a moment of silence was granted by French President Francois Hollande, along with other government officials. The event was broadcasted on multiple social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

You also may have noticed social media blowing up with pictures of sports teams and cities lighting up the town with the colors of the French flag. It’s amazing to see how people will come together and support a city, even if it is on the other side of the world.

I remember coming home Friday night to my timeline blowing up with news about the attacks. I didn’t even get the chance to hear it first on the news. Videos and words of concern with prayer lit up my phone with notifications. That right there shows the powerful effect social media can have.

One aspect that I enjoyed seeing was the option Facebook provided its users for their profile picture. There was an option to add a photo filter to have the French flag over your current photo. Right when that option went into effect, I would say more than half of my friends put the new filter on their photos.

Seeing the support go around after this heartbreaking incident really makes you see the good in this world. People could have blown this incident off because it’s on the other side of the world, but instead we take time out of our busy schedules to show concern and support others. Social media is very powerful.

Irene Pool is a senior at Eastern Michigan University majoring in public relations and minoring in communications. This is her first year in EMU’s PRSSA chapter. She was drawn to social media because she likes being able to connect with others in many different ways. Irene is an outgoing person who enjoys learning something new every day. She loves finding the beauty in the world and facing new challenges.

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