In its short life, social media has revolutionised almost everything we do. The way we share information, the way we interact and connect with one another, the way thoughts are expressed and problems are debated – these are just a few of the changes that social media has brought about in our lives. The possibilities are endless.
To mark Social Media Day today, here’s our list of 5 things that broke the internet!
1. The #MeToo Movement
The #MeToo movement is an international movement against sexual harassment and assault. It’s a worldwide phenomenon, searched for on Google in 196 countries in the past year. The movement gained attention after allegations of sexual assault and harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein were made. But it now stands for giving people a voice, the start of a larger conversation, and community healing.
In India, actors like Kangana Ranaut, Swara Bhasker and Priyanka Chopra are at the helm of the Indian feminist movement. A lot of Indians have identified with the #MeToo movement but it’s yet to make such a huge impact as it did in the U.S.
2. Priya Prakash Varrier
Priya Prakash Varrier became an overnight internet sensation with her winking and expressive facial expressions in a song from the Malayalam film 'Oru Adaar Love'. Portraying a high school student flirting with a student from her class, Varrier’s Instagram following spiked exponentially after her 'wink' went viral.
3. Dancing Uncle
Sanjeev Shrivastava, an electronics professor, wouldn’t have imagined that his dance moves would break the internet! Known as #DancingUncle on the web, a video of Shrivastava and his wife dancing to Govinda’s 'Aapke Aa Jane Se' at a wedding went viral on Twitter. Even Govinda himself approved of the dance moves. After breaking the internet, Shrivastava was appointed as the brand ambassador for Vidisha Municipal Corporation, his hometown.
We know of the huge political (Karni Sena) and community backlash against the release of Padmaavat. But, once the film was released, the Twitterati didn’t hold themselves back! What can you expect after the fiasco made over the film?
5. The Anant Ambani Speech
At a celebration to mark 40 years of Reliance, Mukesh Ambani’s son Anant Ambani gave the audience a rousing speech. For social media netizens, the main takeaway was the way he gave his speech which was used in every meme and joke possible.
While campaigns like the #MeToo movement question problematic behaviours and patterns throughout the world, many internet sensations and things that happen on the World Wide Web are just plain hilarious and can make you LOL anywhere and at any time (thank you, memes!). We’re excited about what the internet has in store for us before the next Social Media Day. Aren’t you?
Signing off, we wish everyone a Happy Social Media Day!