How Social Media Saved The Day

Pussy Riot was formed in August 2011. They have 11 different performers and 15 people who are in charge of the editing and making of their videos.

Pussy Riot is known for their political lyrics as well as their attention grabbing tactics. Their faces are covered by masks and they wear bright dresses and tights. They usually perform in public spaces in order to be seen by the most amount of people.

The band was formed because of the band feeling that the Russian government was targeting women with their policies, such as restricting abortion. They identify as feminists who are opposed to Vladmir Putin’s policies. They believe that illegal rallies are the only ones that get attention.

Three members of Pussy Riot were arrested for their rallies and controversial statements. On August 17, 2012, they were arrested and sentenced to two years in prison.

During the members trial and imprisonment, they received support from various celebrities outside of Russia. Artists such as Madonna and Bjork wrote about their support for the group on social media websites, and in concerts.

Letters of support were written for the group, and donations were obtained in order to fund their release.

Pussy Riot’s story spread because of social media. After they were found guilty, one of their songs was released to Youtube. Soon after, their supporters took to twitter to write about what had occurred and their feelings about the situation. Images were released of the group on trial, and a Facebook group dedicated to freeing the group was also created.

Many international figures tweeted their anger at the case, and encouraged their followers and supporters to make a difference. Groups such as Amnesty UK tweeted that people must participate in protests in order to get the message across.

When one of Pussy Riot’s supporters was arrested and attacked for protesting, pictures of his assault was posted to Facebook and spread.

Updates were made regarding where the protests would be held, pictures of them were shared, and all events that occurred during these protests were also captured on social media.

During the 2014 Winter Olympics that were held in Sochi, Russia, Pussy Riot had planned to perform a song that was very critical of Putin. They were arrested with 12 other people and were detained.

The group posted a video to Youtube which showed them being assaulted by police officers. Once the video was released, their supporters took to Twitter to criticize the Russian government and praise Pussy Riot for their tactics.

The BBC also released an article detailing the groups assault. The article included the video, as well as brief information on the band and their struggles. The band also tweeted about everything that occurred while they stayed in Sochi, and posted pictures of their arrest and their assault.

After the Russian government received backlash for how they treated Pussy Riot, they claimed that they were being arrested due to being suspected of stealing.

Once news of the arrest spread, members of the press went to the police station to cover what was going on. There, they were able to report the inhumane way that the arrested members were being treated by the police officials.

Social media played a crucial role in helping Pussy Riot. Because of members posting information and videos about their cause and arrest, they were seen by important and influencial people. Their followers would tweet or retweet what they knew about the case, which spread to their group of followers who would do the same. Once important celebrities and journalists got involved with the cause and started to criticize the government for the role they played, Pussy Riot could no longer be ignored and were able to receive help from outside forces.

Information about the Pussy Riot case also helped to spark a discussion on the harsh laws in Russia, and how women and anyone who disagrees with the government are treated. Having such an in depth look at what was going on in a country different then our own let people sympathize and do their best to help as much as they can, knowing that they should use their privilege of being in a democratic state to help those who are afraid to use their voices.

The Pussy Riot case showed the benefits that social media has. Because of it, information that could’ve have taken weeks or months to spread around the world only took a couple of hours. While social media has been criticized for those who think it is unimportant or time wasting, the results of the Pussy Riot case showed that when used effectively, this technology can save lives.

Work Cited: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/17/world/pussy-riot-social-media/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomwatson/2012/08/17/why-pussyriot-is-the-future-of-civil-disobedience-and-not-just-in-putins-russia/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26265230

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