The video above is about the social media revolution in general. It describe how the social media impact today society.
Facebook and Twitter users are still increasing year by year and they are predicted to continue growth until 2014. Social media changed the way we live. It becoming a need in our life, it’s no longer a want. We need social media to spend our free time, we need social media to update ourselves, we need social media to keep in touch with our friends and family and so on. In my previous post, I’ve mentioned on how social media actually change our life and what is the impact of it. Besides our personal usage, Morozov (2011) argues that these digital tools are simply, well, tools, and social change continues to involve many painstaking, longer-term efforts to engage with political institutions and reform movements. Social media did bring a big impact to the political aspect as well. Everything gone viral in the social media, we can share anything immediately. Morozov (2011) mentioned that internet can be an effective tool for political change when used by grassroots organisations.
The article of Evgeny Morozov talks about Cyber-utopians who believe the Arab spring has been driven by social networks ignore the real-world activism underpinning them. According to New Internationalist (2012), western countries have generally supported the ‘spread of democracy in the region’ and a lot of attention has been given to the positive influence of technology in promoting the successful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. The rapid internet interaction through Twitter and Facebook actually gave many information to the protesters. As in Malaysia itself, Bersih 2.0 can be a very good example. People are crazily sharing this everywhere and many of my friends took part in this as well. They used Facebook and Twitter to know other protesters from everywhere. They share any information using social network as well. Srinivasan (2012) discussed some argue that social media empowered activists to coordinate and communicate the actions that sparked the revolt while in contrast, some argue that social media was a double-edged sword, and in some cases prevented activists from directly confronting the old regime.
Morozov, E 2011, Facebook and Twitter are just places revolutionaries go, accessed 27/10/2012, http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/07/facebook-twitter-revolutionaries-cyber-utopians
New Internationalist 2012, World Developement book case study: the role of social networking in the Arab Spring, accessed 27/10/2012, http://www.newint.org/books/reference/world-development/case-studies/social-networking-in-the-arab-spring/
Srinivasan, R 2012, Taking power through technology in the Arab Spring, accessed 27/10/2012, http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/09/2012919115344299848.html