What’s “the Real” Power of Social Media?

August 13, 2017

The Real” is a daytime talkshow similar to the View, but features a cast that is all women of color. Shows like this are powerful in shaping popular culture and the discussions that we have in Society. Even if you don’t watch them, you should know that TV talkshows are deconstructing Society and shaping the future of culture.

“How,” you might ask? Well, take this excerpt from Penn State’s archives:

As we watch, listen, and are entertained, TV talk shows are rewriting our cultural scripts, altering our perceptions, our social relationships, and our relationships to the natural world. 

So let me tell you the real: whether you think conversations are too shallow or too deep, if it’s on TV it has the power to influence Society. And that’s a power to which we should pay attention, because if we harness the power of Social Media we can “rewrite the cultural scripts” on American Racism, “alter the perceptions” held by racists in our Society and change our relationship to those around us.

Wouldn’t that be something?

The question then becomes, how do we of the Talented Tenth position ourselves to shape the conversations that will shape culture. And that’s the gist of the conversation on this episode of Blacks with Power.

Jessica Johnson is the Social Media Producer for The Real. From that vantage point she is responsible for bringing conversations from Social Media to the show. She shares her perspectives on the Social Media landscape and it’s potential for Black empowerment.

What do you think? What is the power of social media and how can you make better use of it?

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Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

  1. Leaders of the New School
  2. Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association

What are Your Thoughts?