#MeToo Campaign Effective In Starting Conversation About Sexual Harassment

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 3:15pm
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:22am

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Jennifer Grygiel

Let’s talk now about how social media is changing the conversation around normally unspoken issues.

Sexual harassment and assault have traditionally been issues that are unspoken — shameful, even, for many women. But this #metoo campaign has flipped that on its head.

And it’s showing how the aggregating power of social media can be effective in starting a conversation among millions of people.

How does all of this social media attention lead to real change?

I took that question to Jennifer Grygiel, assistant professor of communications at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, who says social media has created this quick feedback loop and allowed us to start to see the scale of issues like sexual harassment and how far they’ve reached in our society.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct Jennifer Grygiel's job title.

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