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Social Media & The Neutering of Meaningful Discussion

For weeks, the controversial killing of Michael Brown and  subsequent refusal of a grand jury to bring the white police officer who killed him to trial was at the forefront of American consciousness.  Folks in Ferguson reacted passionately and loudly, the figurative and literal flames of civil unrest burning for days; similar but more restrained demonstrations fanned out across the country.

Those far removed from the urban centers where the protested injustices take place took to social media to passionately change their Facebook avatars and adamantly share text-based images about freedom or equality or something else tangentially related to the details of what took place in Ferguson that night.

#handsupdontshoot

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