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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ revival and the power of social media

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ revival and the power of social media

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ revival and the power of social media
May 20
09:39 2018

In case you have been out of the loop regarding comedic gold, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is a show about cops in the New York Police Department stationed in the 99th precinct. But, don’t be fooled by the vague and inconspicuous plot line upon first glance. It could most definitely seem like the pretty standard, run of the mill cop procedural you see done to death hundreds and hundreds of times on network TV. But it is the furthest thing from that.

The show presents its sometimes very dark subject matter with blends of effective humor, and the representation of its minority and LGBT characters is nothing short of phenomenal.

Overall, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is one of the funniest, most creative and most important shows on TV in a VERY long time.

On May 10 however, FOX cancelled the show. To put this in the least dramatic way possible, I had no more will to continue on with my daily routine. One of my favorite shows was gone forever. What was I supposed to do now? How could I ever watch another show knowing one of my favorite ones got unfairly shafted and I would never be able to see new episodes of it ever again?

To put it lightly, Twitter was in complete shambles over the news of the cancellation. Petitions popped up to try and save the show, a hashtag called #SAVEB99 began trending in minutes, and every fan of the show, from casual to die hard, entered into a complete state of mourning. It seemed as if thousands upon thousands of people felt the exact same way I did about the cancellation.

On May 11th however, after an uproarious fan outcry, the saints over at NBC swooped in to save the day and revived the show to bring it back for a sixth season!

Of course, I was ecstatic at the news of its quick revival along with the entire fan base. But, I was also astonished at the power social media has in today’s day and age.

Social media is the reason why this show was brought back—and so quickly too, I might add. Without the incredible power and influence of social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, this show might have never seen the light of day ever again.

Of course social media has its cons, but when a massive amount of people can come together so quickly to try and save something they are all so passionate about, I can really only sit back and admire some of the absolutely great things social media is capable of.

Featured image: Illustration by Austin Banzon

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