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Facebook for Global Protest: The Potential and Limits of Social Software for Grassroots Activism

Updated on March 8, 2015

Facebook for Global Protest: The Potential and Limits of Social Software for Grassroots Activism

The authors of these articles, Celina and Christina, explain how the invention of technology has and continues to have positive influences on the lives of people. According to Celina and Christina, technology led to the creation and innovation of the World Wide Web, and the internet. The invention of both the internet and the World Wide Web led to the emergence of new channels of communication. Examples of such communication channels included faxes, emails and virtual spaces or social networks. Examples of virtual spaces include collaborative tools such as Facebook, chat rooms and others. These new channels made communication fast and efficient. They enabled people to pass information to those in different geographical locations through the internet.

Celina and Christina assert that other social platforms such as Facebook led to globalization. This is because they enabled people to interact with others all over the globe through the internet. Such interactions allowed them to share their knowledge and ideas. This sharing of knowledge and ideas led to the creation of online communities that are used positively to influence the social welfare of people in different countries. Virtual spaces are also being used positively to campaign against the oppression of people by the governments of different countries. In order to enforce their ideas, the authors assert that Facebook has been used to campaign against the FARC in Colombia. The FARC is a Colombians’ sect that used to terrorise citizens of Colombia by kidnapping and murdering innocent people. The authors assert that the rallies campaigning against the FARC were organised via Facebook. As a result, millions of people marched in different countries in support of these campaigns against the FARC.

In my opinion, both Christina and Celina have done an excellent work of proving how the use of technology positively influences the lives of people. The authors have unlimitedly explained the various ways in which people have used social platforms for a positive course. For example, the authors have used Facebook, used to campaign against oppressive rules and other social movements, as an example. They have also proved how the use of Facebook has led to globalisation, through the creation of an online community.

The great seduction. In the cult of Amateur: How today’s internet is killing our culture

The authors of these articles, Andrew and Needle, explain how technology has had negative impacts on the lives of people. According to Andrew, technology has affected the economic welfare of other people. According to the author, technology led to the creation of the internet. Technology also contributed to the emergence of the World Wide Web. The internet led to the emergence of social media platforms such as blogs that generate free user content. By freely availing certain materials to the public, the blogs have reduced the revenues earned by industries that used to sell the same information. For example, craigslist freely avails information to the public. This affects the newspaper industry because people do not have to purchase the newspapers in order to learn about new occurrences. It also leads to the rise of unemployment of workers within the newspaper industry. This is because many newspaper reporters are laid off once the newspaper company realises that the revenues are not sufficient to sustain large numbers of reporters. Similarly, YouTube avails free music and video content to the public. This affects the revenues earned from the music industry.

In addition, Andrew asserts that technology served to destroy people’s culture. According to the author, it was the culture of people to tell the truth. However, technology led to the emergence of blogs and other online platforms that conceal the identity of people. The bloggers use fake names that they claim to be their identity. Andrew also gives other cases where technology has been used to promote lies. As an example, some people receive payments from companies to advertise their products. They present false information concerning the products to the public. Their aim is to present appealing descriptions and win the public interest even if the information is false. In addition, some authors post their information such as books and articles for publications in the internet. Some members of the public plagiarize this information and claim to be the authors of such content. Consequently, plagiarism has resulted to property theft. It has also served to undermine the creativity of the authors. Therefore, according to the author, the internet has negatively influenced the lives of people by promoting falsehood within societies.

Andrew Keen has done a remarkable job by explaining how technology has negatively affected people’s ways of living. The author has also gone to a large extend of supporting his arguments by giving multiple examples of areas where the internet propagate lies to the public. Among all the examples given by the author, Wikipedia is the best in this case. The author has quoted multiple examples in which Wikipedia propagated false information to the public. This falsehood has violated all the principles of professionalism.


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