Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Social Media, Technology and Activism


(6/26/2017) --- Is been six months with the rose of the power of the 45th President of the United and there has been a trend towards how communication and exposure to information has been handling which involve the use of social media as a catalyst to transmit a message. An interesting aspect about Twitter or Facebook uses as tools, is that they were used on a more widespread level within the Arab Spring (2010), Cuban activists (2) and even some tactics were taken by the Occupy Movement (3) in which there is a juxtaposition of political waves and regimes.

The power of Twitter as well other forms of social media can be an overwhelming ideal but also a double edge weapon; it can unify the masses into organized groups who can execute political change or it can bring "slacktivists" into a unification to protest for almost any trend; we can also see that on the political campaign stage of Donald Trump he played with the ideals of authoritarianism and a disrupt to the authority just to appeal to the emotions of the followers and potential voters.

A problem that the actual President have is that on terms of "slacktivism" to keep gaining sympathy he hasn't pull out from the Ad-Hominem attacks and acting as a "paranoia agent" in which  he just feeds his own delirium of grandeur:


We have to analyze on a sociological level there is some form of empowerment, almost as a drug (4), it can even become part of a lifestyle for some, in which having a powerful online presence can act as an opioid but also it can unify individuals from different countries into acting in common grounds to affect the chances of a change in a political and economical scenario.

The synergy between international activist organizations can range between strategies on how to chant up to recognition of grounds, and how to communicate using technology without even exchanging a single word in person, in which an investment of capital has to be traded to achieve a common goal.

The response from the general population whenever comes from the opposition, supporters or the media can be overwhelming as if we see the case of Wael Ghonim within the Arab Spring, in which he became the de-facto spokesperson after his involvement by using social media in creating a page "We are all Khalid Said" (5) where it became instrumental in the fall of the Mubarak regime after exposing the crime of the 28 years old Alexandria cafe owner by the actions of the State police.

We as active users, we need to understand that social media platforms also do not promote progressive values and ideals, they are platforms who are access to anyone who mobile technology or a laptop; even the governments will sync social media to engage their own agendas as if they were "hot news".

An annotation is that oppressive regimes (6) had figured out how to turn social media information to their advantage as it already happened with the propaganda during the World War 2, to Pol Pot, the Kim Regime, Putin and up to the actual President of the United States of America in which he has found his niche on Twitter to spread his propaganda by accusing media outlets to promote "fake information against his institution"

The relation between Trump (the other regimes) and the different uprisings such as the aforementioned of the Arab Spring is on how communication played an important part on the rise and fall of the different powers, all by the ad-hoc ideals of implementing one power and subsequently that power being thrown as if it was a game of chess.

Progressive individuals in the United States who see social media as well more radical right-wing parties could see the "miracles of Silicon Valley" as tools to map a historical transformation in digital connectivity and computational dialectic (7) to the resolution of problems beyond the postulates of teleology that could turn everything into an Abba song "where the winner takes it all".

Reference:


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring 
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Cuban_human_rights_activists
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Wall_Street
  4. https://www.thecut.com/2014/02/addicted-to-likes-social-media-makes-us-needier.html
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20120327193843/http://theeuropean-magazine.com/273-benkredda-belabbes/274-the-rise-of-wael-ghonim
  6. http://time.com/4829103/mitch-mcconnell-protest-senate-health-care-bill/
  7. http://www.cllc.vuw.ac.nz/hajimepapers/dialectics.pdf

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