DIGC 202: Facebook and Twitter are just places revolutionaries go
The main purpose of the invention of Facebook and Twitter was simple as socializing and networking at first but as time goes, these two media platforms can do something far away from our imagination. These media platform were originally created for entertainment or socializing purposes but users these days have discover the new usage of these media such as organizing a protest. Many revolutionaries have used these two media platform as their media to spread the news, gathering purposes and organizing a protest.
Regarding to the incident happens in the Middle East, Cyber Utopians believed that the reason behind the protest in Arab Spring was driven by social networks. According to Morozov (2011), he mentioned that there were many more events like this happened not just in Cairo, but also in Beirut and Dubai. He added that the idea that the recent protests ( referring to Tahrir Square protest) were organised by random people doing random things online. From this case, I believes that these media platform can be very influential to the people and it an bring a big impact in changing a human’s behavior or believes. Besides that, Morozov also stated that internet equals to democracy. I could not be more agree with him after the incident of Bersih 3.0 was conducted in my very own country.
Bersih 3.0 was one of the biggest protest ever conducted in Malaysia. Supporters are shifting their media coverage for their information from word of mouth to these two big media platform, Facebook and Twitter.
As you can see from the image Bersih 3.0 twitter account has 3000 over followers and Facebook has 45 068 subscribers that were keeping track on their updates and news. People know media platform such a Facebook and Twitter can reached out to a mass audiences compared to many other media therefore revolutionaries knew that with the help of these two platforms, they can easily access or reach out to all the supporters or for the recruitment. However, it can also cause a big problem with some small matters. I believes that these two media platform can do much more and I believe is harmless to come out something like that. In my opinion, I believes that Facebook and Twitter can become a big help to any protest but I do not agrees that these social networking site should took the blame for causing a protest. After all, these events have been long existed even before these social networking sites were invented therefore I do believe that revolutionaries access to these media platform for their own usage but these media platforms have never encourage these protests to happen.
Morozov, E 2011, Facebook and Twitter are just places revolutionaries go, accessed 28/10/2012, http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/07/facebook-twitter-revolutionaries-cyber-utopians