Social Network Revolutions

The video above is about the social media revolution in general. It describe how the social media impact today society.

Statistic URL: http://marketingland.com/report-twitter-still-sees-booming-growth-while-facebook-slows-7292

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

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6 thoughts on “Social Network Revolutions

  1. If we want to scrutinize on how social networks have effected activism then I guess in a way, there is some truth in social networks being an excuse for activists to hide and not directly confront the matter. However, that boils down to what kind of person are you. If you are the kind of person who sincerely wants a change, you would utilize social networking as a tool to spread the word about taking action to make the change instead of hiding behind the screen showing support. Hiding behind a screen just shows that the kind of person doing so is all talk and it is “cheap talk”.

  2. Facebook and Twitter are free platform and we do not required to pay a single cents to access it. Furthermore, the power of social media site are able to grab more target audience. Most people are easily get influence in social sites but it does not mean they will 100% get influenced based on the news spread from social media site. Facebook and Twitter are just like a site for us to voice out our comments and hoping to get attention from others perhaps.

  3. Facebook and Twitter somehow became one of our entertainment that we will access to it everyday. After came back from college, the first thing that we will do is checking Facebook and Twitter. We also do that even in college or other places as well. Like what you’ve mentioned regarding the Bersih 2.0, few days before the day of Bersih 2.0, my Facebook are full of the news of Bershin 2.0. Everyone was posting the information to get more supporters to attend the protest. Even in Twitter as well. From here, we can obviously see that Facebook and Twitter are very important for people to spread information and get people to involve in any events.

  4. Yes, I agree Twitter is actually success transform into a new form of advertising place. Many organizations can find out about how people view the company. Consumers can even play a role in how the organization operates and affect its status in the market thanks to Twitter by “retweeting” responses or comments on the advertisement. Twitter is also much easier to access as its simplicity function compare to Facebook. Twitter even has a special shortened links and “hashtags” system which make it easy to find people or businesses posting tweets in the same areas that you are in. – Commented by Ram Peow Loong Naidu.

  5. Bersih 3.0 is indeed a very good example portrait in this context. Thanks to Facebook, the Bersih movement was not just activated within Malaysia, but all over the world, including USA, UK, Australia and even the neighbouring countries like Singapore and Indonesia. Perform a search on that topic on Facebook and you will find a list of relevant Bersih Facebook pages that provides information on Malaysian politics updates.

  6. Social media is definitely part of our daily life nowadays. Like you mentioned it “It’s becoming a need in our life, it’s no longer a want”. This is so true because most of us cannot go a day without it. It has became like our daily newspaper. It has also become an important marketing platform for everyone. Social media allows people to reach larger audience. This video here is a short clip showing the importance of social media today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTNYzvJgPCg

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