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.