August 18, 2014
The news since August 9 has unrelentingly revolved around the tragedy that befell Michael Brown, his family, and Ferguson, MO. I’m just going to say it now: it’s a completely messed up situation on so many different levels. However, I want to offer a different look at what’s happening in Ferguson aside from the obvious.
Consider the importance that social media plays in this scenario and how much deeper it goes than a simple ‘Like’. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have been flooded with statuses, pictures, and videos exposing the myriad different dimensions to this story.
And throughout it all the Las Vegas based company Banjo has been instrumental for both in and out of state residents who want to stay up to date on what’s happening. Helping in the way they know best, the Banjo platform is constantly striving to index and curate the breaking news faster than other outlets for their users.
Granted, Ferguson, MO has been a grim proof of concept for Banjo’s beta testing, but the aggregated, live social media feed has also helped to highlight the positives. For example, mixed in with all the declarations of corruption and police brutality are snapshots of a community coming together to clean, repair, and constructively move forward – both literally and figuratively.
It’s very possible that these moments of beauty might otherwise go unnoticed, buried by negative content, and the fact they haven’t is something to be celebrated. Our thoughts and well wishes go out to all those who have been negatively affected by this tragedy.
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