Peace signs, gang signs and criminalizing people of color

The revolution may not be televised, but it definitely will be shared on social media and Twitter. Mainstream media have traditionally set the tone and created the narrative around news events. But that hasn’t necessarily been the case in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old student who was gunned down by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9. The anger and outrage expressed on social media about the biased reporting on Brown and the protests in Ferguson have fueled much of the media narrative—and inspired a hashtag, #IfTheyGunnedMeDown.