WU Social Media and Change by Social Movements Discussion Post and Replies

Post a response to the Discussion Spark post. Your response should contain at least two significant paragraphs. Read the Discussion Rubric, as it will inform your writing. Important Note: The Discussion Spark and the weekly Discussion topic below will be graded together. You will see one score in your My Grades area.

By Day 4

Post an explanation of factors that contribute to the success of social movements. In what ways can you pattern socially responsible action today after successful movements of the past? What circumstances have changed over time that might necessitate differences in approach?

Support your assertions by making at least two references, in proper APA format, to your course readings.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 7

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Suggest an additional factor that can contribute to the success of social movements, and provide a rationale.
  • Suggest an additional way that socially responsible actions today can be patterned after successful movements of the past.
  • Expand on or challenge a colleague’s post by offering a new perspective or insight based on your readings in the Learning Resources or other outside research.

Week 2 Spark question..

In the Gladwell piece in this week’s readings the author talks about the sit-ins that occurred during the Civial Rights Movement and how they were based on strong ties which lead to change.   Are changes like this possible with the possibly weak ties that we have with each other over the Internet today through social media?  Why or why not?

Here are the two students that the responses are due back to in one day below…

Response to : Summer

One of the factors that contributed to the success of social movements was the act of peace. I will use Dr. King for an example. Over his span of helping, he did so without the use of violence. If he were to do any attacks or assaults, it would be on “ghetto problems” and not actual people (Ling,1998). Fighting fire with fire (negativity or violence) does not help put the flame out (come together to make common ground). However, by being the water (the diffuser) in the situation is sometimes all that we need.

The only factor I can think of is people growing tired and impatient, with wanting change. With those two factors alone, plays a viable role in the fatalities we see across our nation. Once we hold our selves responsible, being positive we will be able to project the same positivity to the people in our community not when something is to happen, we just “stand aside” (Ling,1998). Dr. Kings’ is still very much alive today, it is our duty to find our problems within our community and attack the problems head on together peacefully.


Ling, P . (1998). Martin Luther King’s half-forgotten dream. History Today, 48(4), 17–22. Copyright 1998 by History Today, Ltd. Reprinted by permission of History Today, Ltd. via the Copyright Clearance Center. Group Project Resources. Seminal.

History of Social Change

Response; to Deandre

In order to create lasting social change it takes for a serious commitment to the mission behind the social movement because more often than not it will take years to exact the change you are seeking out. “Achieving goals of change is a process that requires patience, balance, and reasonable expectations (Loeb, 2010). The “Black Lives Matter” movement has been around for years but due to the rise in police killings of unarmed black youth in this country the movement came to the forefront with their mission of making it clear that black life mattered to society and even police should be held accountable for the violence they inflict upon the black community. Some of the change that has been sought out by this movement was accomplished recently when the officer who murdered George Floyd in Minnesota was convicted of all three counts of the charges that he was brought up on. Another factor that is essential for social change is a cause that resonates with the people in a way that spurs them to act.


Loeb, P. R. (2010) Soul of a Citizen: Living with conviction in challenging times (rev ed.) New York, NY


Loeb, P. R. (2010). Soul of a citizen: Living with conviction in challenging times (rev. ed.). New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin. Chapter 3, “One Step at a Time” (pp. 64–81)
Chapter 4, “The Cynical Smirk” (pp. 82–104)

Gladwell, M. (2010). Small change. The New Yorker, 86(30), 42–49.  Copyright 1998 by History Today, Ltd. Reprinted by permission of History Today, Ltd. via the Copyright Clearance Center. Group Project Resources. Seminal.

Goldberg, R. A. (2010). The challenge of change: Social movements as non-state actors. Utah Law Review, (1), 65–79.

Ling, P . (1998). Martin Luther King’s half-forgotten dream. History Today, 48(4), 17–22.  Copyright 1998 by History Today, Ltd. Reprinted by permission of History Today, Ltd. via the Copyright Clearance Center. Group Project Resources. Seminal.

Document: Course Project Overview and Guidelines (Word document) 


Laureate Education (Producer). (2015b). Learning from historical social movements [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note:  The approximate length of this media piece is 4 minutes.

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