Friday, June 29, 2018

Time Lists 25 Most Influential People on the Internet

Time magazine has named Parkland student leaders among the 25 most influential people on the Internet or “the loudest and fiercest voices for gun control.” They join other online influencers, including performers Rihanna and Kanye West and news aggregator Matt Drudge of “The Drudge Report.”  Also named are Kylie Jenner and Busy Philipps, plus President Donald Trump, who has 53 million Twitter followers.

The magazine highlighted five of the more visible members of the #NeverAgain movement from Parkland. They are Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Alex Wind, Jaclyn Corin and Cameron Kasky. They are a mix of recent graduates and current students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 students and faculty members were killed Feb. 14.

Time noted how the group of five and their activist classmates used social media to fire up people to attend the “March for our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C. in March.

The magazine sized up contenders for its annual list by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news.

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