I feel that the role of communication is vital to basically any form of information that you want to show to your audience. With social media being such a valuable resource for quick and instant gratification, advocates are able to get their message out there to communicate to the public. Communication is a useful tactic that allows us to describe our thoughts and passion about certain subjects such as refugees and those impacted by genocidal affairs. Communication, in general, has also played a role in history concerning genocide and it has continued to occur throughout the years.
Through communication, genocide has been able to travel across centuries to be a prominent yet dangerous part of history. As Raphael Lemkin coined the term in 1944 during the Jewish Holocaust, genocide allowed the world to understand how detrimental this mass destruction of people actually was. Through methods such as traditional medias, word-of-mouth, and social media, the understanding of the impact of genocide has become easier to understand why and how it happens. Media outlets used communication through propaganda and film to help their public to understand the torture that genocide contains (ex. Hotel Rwanda sighted the distinct and dangerous aspects of the Rwandan genocide).
I feel that social media can give advocacy a healthy edge over simple media such as news outlets, newspaper, etc. Social media has a more personal feel to it allowing the audience to understand the personal passions that an advocate pronounces against genocide. I find that we are all attached on the social network; our voice can be heard by thousands of people from just a simple tweet or blog post. And especially with advocating against genocide, it is much easier to influence others to see the passions in the advocate’s writing as genocide is mostly viewed as inhumane. Communication is critical to advocacy, as an advocate needs to project their stance clearly to help give others more information about the impact of genocide that is affecting the world.
The world’s refugee population is around 10 million refugees all scattered around the world from persecution from their home country. I feel that communication has the benefit of allowing people to know about the hardships that the refugee population has gone through. Through social networks such as Twitter, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) shows information concerning refugees and their displacement. I feel the agency uses great communication in helping their audiences understand the effect of what refugees go through in their daily lives. As I went through their tweets and saw the videos and news postings, it really opened up my eyes to what the refugees are dealing with and it was very eye opening.
Overall, I found that communication’s role is effective in any way an advocate wants to use it. If you’re passionate about something, people will listen.