This class is open to everyone who wants to get more from social media, but is especially geared toward those who want to use it to build a better world.
Social media alone can’t create social justice, but it’s a powerful tool for activists and community organizers to reach people and amplify their demands. Additionally, smartphones & social technology allow anyone to become a journalist, instantly sharing important breaking news or events with the world.
Anyone with a social media account has a platform to speak truth to power. In this class, we’ll cover the basics of using social media for movement building with an emphasis on the best way to mobilize people to your events and how to report what happens there.
Topics covered include:
- How to make the best use of major social networks like Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
- Brief coverage of the possibilities of other networks like YouTube, Tumblr, Cel.ly, etc.
- Using Mastodon — a new alternative to Twitter and other social networks
- Misconceptions about social media & activism
- Do’s and Don’ts for mobilizing direct action, protests and events.
- Social media security concerns for online activists.
- Livestreaming & reporting breaking news: Where to do it, how to do it.
MonkeyWrench Books is a bookstore and event space for Austin’s radical community. All our classes are completely free, but we encourage you to make a donation to MonkeyWrench Books to help keep this space operating.
We strive to make all OS!WN? events a space free of oppression, so please leave that crap at home. For more information on our group, our safer spaces policy and our rules, please see our FAQ.
- What? An introduction to computer security, being safer online, and better use of smartphones and technology.
- When? September 14 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
- Where? Monkeywrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, TX 78751
- Why? Because technology is a powerful tool for activism, yet dangerous when misused.
- This space is wheelchair accessible and near numerous bus lines.
- A limited amount of free parking is available in front of the store, with much more available on nearby streets.
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org