Ch. 9 & Epilogue + Articles

“What a small world,” it is. Shirky’s explanation of FOAF (friend of a friend) makes our social media world smaller than a nano. Creating topics or discussions are easier nowadays with all the possibilities of grouping people or ideas, making it so much easier to extend our hand to meet other media goers. “In small world networks bonding tends to happen within the clusters, while bridging happens within clusters. (p.224)” thus creating a wripple effect within the media. The more I read into this chapter, the more I understood the concept of hashtags. Hashtags were meant to group discussions or topics into one “folder,” making it a link to its archive where you can see what others are talking about the topic. Hashtags or tags allows everyone to participate into sharing their own ideas or connecting news. Clay Shirky’s example of China’s 2008 earthquake perfectly depicts what grouping discussions can do. Allowing the news to soak in through twitter or other medias created an awareness for those suffering in China, spreading the news quick online reaching many readers and establishing many donation foundations within hours of the quake. Shirky’s main argument is that within the many possibilities of social media, we can create and participate in small discussions or topics within a group. It’s when we can all take technology for granted that makes it easier for us to compress our thoughts into the small world of social media.

The Arabian society created a street revolution called Takriz, all organized by secretive Tunisian “Foetus” and “waterman.” The street revolution overthrew the Egypt and Tunisian presidency and its government corruption. Being as a “cyber think tank” used by students, activists and unionist are voicing their opinions towards the government. The secret groups became the masterminds of being incognito while secretly plotting against the corrupted regime. The Arabian street youth are voicing out their opinions are standing by their rights through social media by creating their own group. Hence why this article correlates to Shirky’s book due to the same concept of social networking using groups as an empowerment to the media.

Morozov argues that these digital networking are just tools.  That “cyber-utopians [uses] digital tools of social networking such as Facebook and Twitter can summon up social revolutions ” are just a way of empowering the weak that can’t physically stand up for what they believe in. Evgeny Morozov is simply saying that those who try to create a revolution through social media should try harder to commence a difference, by starting at the starting line within the faces of those who they are trying to revolt against, BE SEEN AND BE HEARD. Not only will it seem like they are being serious about their opinion, but actually putting a face to those who disagree with it. Although being directly involved with the situation makes you the first target at least you’ll go down with a fight! Morozov’s statement contradicts Shirky’s statement overall because he’s not much into the social media. He prefers to be directly involved that being behind a screen “pretending” to be one with the movement.

The article I found: From Arab Spring to Autumn Rage: The Dark Power of Social Media claims that the Arab Spring revolution was kick started by video clips uploaded on YouTube faking Mohamed Bouazizi’s death. All the while, Sam Bacile is being accused of posting a YouTube video disrespecting and insulting the prophet Mohammed creating a huge ruckus between the U.S and Islamic culture. Depicting this viral video as another “profanity against the sacred.”




3 thoughts on “Ch. 9 & Epilogue + Articles

  1. I agree with your opinions. The article you chose was similar to what I found except it was not about a video, someone made a comment on Twitter and got in trouble for that.

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