Social Media and Protests


Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter provide users with a platform to express personal opinions which generate discussion or debate. This can relate to social and cultural issues, controversial events, and politics. Much content in this nature may seem to be the opinion of one, but the culmination of similar opinions about issues in masses can generate greater discussion, and in many cases result in protest movements. An example of this is the ‘Keep Sydney Open’ movement.

The Sydney nightlife as of recently has been bombarded with laws and regulations which as a result are slowly killing the once lively nightlife that Sydney is popular for. These laws are a counter act by the government to make Sydney safer due to high reports of violence and danger, but consequently these laws have left many people outraged.

Like all protests, it all starts with the news of the laws being made which lead to social media outcry, leading to mass amounts of people unhappy with this law, and then subsequently a movement against it is formed, and then leads to the ‘Keep Sydney Open’ movement.

This movement has created several protests in the street and also has a website now which promotes the movement, as well as provides information on how it will benefit Sydney, and how safety is being promoted.



4 thoughts on “Social Media and Protests

  1. Your focus on the KeepSydneyOpen campaign is a great example to use for this weeks topic! You cover the ideas about how a revolution starts and the role of social media as a place for discussion and organisation. However, to improve your post you could include examples of social media being used by people who are organising the protests or the people who are discussing it online. This is to provide another layer of context to your post and allow your viewers to attach your research with evidence like tweets or Facebook pages/posts, or even a link to the website you mentioned. The power of social media is astounding especially when the power comes from the bottom up. It’s also equally as amazing when people of great influence join in on the protest and promote it. Huge D’Js like Flume have taken to Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word of the rally and have encouraged people to come and show their support. Check out this article for more:


  2. Great post!
    To build on your argument about the power of ‘social media outcry’ you could perhaps consider social outcries in the past. Forty years ago, prior to the digital age, if someone wanted to protest lockout laws they would most likely have to write a letter to their local newspaper, a feat which requires time, effort and thought. Here is an example of such letters ( Due to the effort required, and aesthetic limitations of newspapers (ie their printing capabilities), a very small portion of opinion would be published. Try comparing that to social media – there’s virtually no time or effort, a simple 140 – character tweet and one’s opinion is published. It becomes one of many, which can eventually lead up to a revolution or protest. This example illustrates the notion of connectivity; millions of small online publications now have the power to drive one big movement!
    – Claire


  3. First of all, I found your meme hilarious and the Keep Sydney Open movement is a great example of online activism in action. Just a few small things that could have helped detail your post; a hyperlink to the movement’s website ( would have been beneficial and you could even embed some of the social media posts about the whole concept into your blog (including opinions from both sides of the debate). Even talking about your opinion on the whole movement would be a welcome addition to your post; I’m for keeping Sydney open and feel like the damage it has done to small businesses is unfair compared to those few idiots who have ruined a fun night out for the rest of us.


  4. your meme literally has me in tears omg. I like how you’ve specifically focused on the ‘keep sydney open’ protests. It’s awesome how we are able to post about these events online and are able to spread news. Twitter is an awesome platform for posting information regarding events and protests, and i’m sure that the rally group for ‘Keep Sydney Open’ has used the platform to bring attention to those who might not be sure.


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