April 10, 2012 9:44:25 AM EDT
I really can't say which affected which more. I feel like the blogging has received from, as much as it has contributed to the Treyvon Martin case. I mean, for sure blogging has some bearing on the case but I don't believe it's effect has had the same magnitude as the more wide spread social media such as Facebook and Twitter which can be accessed and shared almost instantaneously. Nor is blogging going to saturate the public the way the TV news outlets do, repeating the same story ad nauseum.
In my mind the most important thing that blogging does is to give us a reading of just how much we are invested in the case. it takes a lot more effort to create a blog post, just as it takes more time to read a blog post. This writing and reading in itself is indicator that we are very moved by the circumstances surrounding this case and of course, we all know why because we really are Treyvon.
The blogging let's us express those negative things that we all relate to in a way that is socially acceptable but until we use it in a more proactive way it won't have much affect on any case like this. For example if all Black bloggers simultaneously called for a 1 year moratorium of visits to Florida by all Black people, then I believe it would have an affect. Disney, Universal, Marineland, etcetera, hotels, motels, restaurants and all manner of spin-off retailers and services would take notice and possibly join in the cause. That's when blogging will actually affect this and similar cases.