Facebook: Could we use it for change at LHS?
By Rachel Hubert
It’s a well-known fact that the Internet is a major part of today’s society. It’s hard to find someone without some sort of an Internet profile on a social networking site. Sites like Facebook and Myspace are provide opportunities to socialize with a large number of people with a few strokes on the keyboard.
The ease of news spreading from one person to another is just a few mouse clicks away. Facebook even allows people to set calendar events they plan on attending and to invite others to join. Because of Facebook’s simplicity to relay information, participants in the current protests in Cairo have used the site to send Egyptians information and updates regarding their plans for quiet revolution.
The protests in Cairo erupted last month, shortly following those that occurred in Tunisia. Protesters in Tunisia sparked riots due to their weariness of poor economic stability and the government’s authoritarian rule. Residents in Cairo shared in the frustration of continual authoritarian rule under Egyptian President Hosni Sayyid Mubarak. Protesters in Cairo planned to meet in Tahrir Square and used Facebook to spread word of their plans. This resulted in the blackout of Cairo’s telecommunications. The government blocked all cellular service, Internet service, and even most international telephone lines. The situation in Cairo has grown more violent as pro-Mubarak rioters assaulted protesters by throwing anything from bricks to Molotov cocktails into the protester’s groups.
The demonstrations in Cairo and Tunisia show how major a role the Internet has now in today’s society. Whether or not that role is welcome, it’s here. Protesters exemplified the convenience of having sites like Facebook when looking to make a mass statement. Some people are even considering the protests the beginning of a revolution. If protesters can use a worldwide website to spark a mass demonstration, what else could other everyday people do?
Could LHS students organize a protest about the use of cell phones during school hours?
Could they start a Facebook dialogue about school dress rules? Certainly, these are typical complaints we hear in the hallways…but there are other things students could do to create lasting, positive change.
Could softball and baseball players recruit other LHS students to play on those teams this spring—so that there will be enough to take the field and keep those spring sports alive?
Could parents of LHS students start a brainstorming discussion on a Booster Club Facebook page about how to organize efforts to improve facilities at Loyalton High? Could those efforts include redesigning the Bear Cave? Or updating the locker rooms and weight room? Or making improvements to the soccer field, so the team has a place to practice other than having to share fields with the football team?
Could someone create a Make Loyalton a Better Place Facebook page with an exchange of ideas about how to obtain grant funding and join forces to create work crews that would spruce up the town and make it a better place for folks of all ages? Could that lead to a Fix Up the Park Project? Or an Open the Pool for Good Campaign? Or committees that would create green spaces on empty lots in downtown?
With so many available sites like Facebook and WordPress, it’s easy to start change. Whether using a local site or a social networking site like Facebook, average citizens and students can make change happen and even start a mass movement. Change starts with one person and a vision for something better. You could get it going.
So, why not?