Articles 1 and 2


Social Media Article 1 :


Protest: Critical Lessons of Using Digital Media for Social Change

By Kristin LaRiviere, Jeanette Snider, Alison Stromberg, and KerryAnn O’Meara


Students have been protesting, it’s nothing new, protests have been going on for years. Recently, students can now communicate using their websites and phone calls for their actions. It shows that the way people connect isn’t the same as it was decades ago. Now these students can spread their word and have a more larger impression on others with their technology. Now these students can make their own blogs, websites, and just over all social media sites, as it is stated in the article. Deans of colleges have a hard challenge now, since these students can spread the word more quicker and gain supporters also faster. On the downside, they have a lot more risks, and will face new challenges because since it is now social media, anyone can view it which will result in their website being taken down or even a lawsuit filed against them.  I think this article can connect with Shirky, because Shirky has been talking about Social Media and this article reminded me of the phone incident, where Evan started a huge online blog, gaining supporters and how they convinced the NYPD to press charges on the girl who stole her phone. This also involves the speed of which words can spread over Social Media, something which Shirky talked about very much.



Article 2:


Youth and the (potential) power of social media



This article is about China and how even people in such a third world can use social media, and how they can communicate together through that. In this article, it is also talking about how governments control what website you can go on, and since Twitter isn’t allowed, they have “Weibo”. This is a replacement to Twitter.  Now government can control, and also monitor what you view. For example, one post you have, which might be illegal, will be viewed by the government.  Also since Chinese students now have a mandatory 90% literacy rate, they have to be educated in this filed of Social Media, and the only “proper” way is through technology.  Some of these people rebel against the monitoring of the Chinese government, but it always ends up with them somehow “breaking the law”. The Arab Spring was also brought into this, where Middle Eastern people can vote on how they feel without their government and/or dictator.  Most agreed that Democracy was the best form of government.  Egyptians disagreed and said they’re unhappy with Democracy.  Now about China, only 1/4 of them are equipped with internet, people still consider it a “freedom” . They say the government censors too much, while they just want to be normal teenagers, using it like other young people to – “listen to music, chat with friends, express intimate feelings, play games, poke fun and browse news” (p.427). I think this is similar to the other article only slightly because this also lets others express their opinions and protest against what is right and wrong. This reminds me of the Arab Springs because the Chinese students were polled on what they found right, and whether there should be a government censorship or not.



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