The first article I found is called “Youth & the Powerful Social Media” written by Shelia Allison and the second one I found is called ” Protest: Critical Lessons of using Digital Media for Social Change” Kristin LaRiviere and Jeanette Snider the two articles talk about the contribution that social media has made in our society.
The first article mainly focuses on China and how young people are becoming politically and socially engaged through social media. It talks about “Weibo” which is a twitter-like-service used in China except for it doesn’t really have government control. The consumers or the people part of that group are able to be in control of the content and consumption, whether it’s legal or not. The only attempt of control the government has come up with is simply monitoring and censoring what goes on. The article mentions that in the long run social media will be a big part of political change because the availability provided will give people the ability to contribute.
The second article explains comparisons on the technology provided today and how people connected about 40 years back in time. Student activists have become more powerful with the present technology. The formation of groups dedicated to a certain role have all been made known with the help of “blogs, websites, wikis, social media sites…”(pg.10). The article explains that although student activists live with advanced knowledge and skills on social media they have to learn to face new threats and challenges.
These articles both contain the topic on social media and the power that they construct. As a reader, I was able to tell that individuals are capable of gaining social power through organizing their own groups.
In my opinion, the articles connect to the article on Arab Springs (I think both of the articles even mention it) and of course it contributes to the ideas that Shirky has. The reading we did on Shirky had to do a lot with social groups, social media, digital media, etc. Both of the articles I chose connect with Shirky’s reading because they both write about the changes that are occurring with the help of technology. A great example would be the speed on how fast important information can be spread through the internet or how quickly social movements can become national movements. People are able to make changes through organized facebook pages and wikis. They are also able to organize protests through online postings, whereas a few years ago they would have to use up more time and energy. This included “printing flyers and posters, renting buses..”(pg.14, article 2).