Article 1 Protest: Critical Lessons of Using Digital Media for Social Change.
By: Kristin LaRiviere, Jeanette Snider, Alison Stromberg, and KerryAnn O’Meara
Article 2 Technology, Media, and Political Participation
By: Michael McGrath
Article 1 talks about how all the digital media has its benefits and its downsides, and how teachers can use digital media to increase learning opportunities. The authors said that “media used today is a vital tool for students, offering student activists an inexpensive, vast, and instantaneous network to rally peers that previous generations had to work extremely hard to build.” Social media has the ability to connect people from around the world and connect people with the same ideas and opinions (aka “making weak ties stronger”). There are more devices and services than ever before that form groups who want social change. Now bringing in protests, the authors go into how effective all the new technology helps protests become easier to organize with quick communication. Not only this however, but this new age of digital media also makes organizations of these groups very cheap. This protest groups have the ability to affect anyone, including the leaders of governments and companies. A downside to being not physically connected however is the fact that students can be involved in protests without really knowing much about the cause. To conclude, student activists and protesters must learn how to work these tools to their best advantage basically. Also, if educators could figure out how to use these powerful tools, learning would hit an all new level.
Article 2 talks about how our new technology and social media advances have effected our lives and how we live today. First, he uses the example of Howard Dean who used the Internet to become extremely wealthy. Another example he uses Obama and how the use of technology and social media assisted him in winning the election. There are many new technologies that allow us to connect such as cell phones. Young people do not have the same methods for communication as the older generations, so as a result, you must find ways to communicate with the younger generations. Not only to communicate, but to attracted the younger crowd. Now a days, many websites and creative ideas of people using cellphones has allowed more young voters to get and allow them to be heard. This technology can also allow voters to register and gather political information. The technology is much more advanced than ever before, and in this new age, many more things will have to do with cellphones and the internet. “I think social media. That wasn’t really available to the extent that it is now. I think it is going to change things. Honestly, I think it’s going to revolutionize the way people turn out in this next election.”
Both of these articles show 2 views that we have not yet scene in our readings about the effects of social media and technologies. I think this is useful because it shows us 2 things that we are use to everyday that were not brought up by Shirky, which is why i picked these articles. Being articles on protests and voting, it now links to what we have already learned about this new age. I believe there is no doubt that the authors of both articles agree that the increase in social media and technology has created a huge impact on how easy our lives our now. Not only how easy they are, but how much more power we have as an individual. If you notice, both articles have to do with politics and an all new ability to be heard and make a difference. These ideas connect to Shirky’s ideas about technology and social media as well. All three pieces of literature agree we are in an age of new things never before seen. A type of revolution if i may say so myself, because there are drastic changes from the older generations to now. As Bill Gates once said, “Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.”