Week 4: New Media, Beliefs, Politics & Ethics
“True information does good” – Julian Assange, 2010
Wikileaks founder, editor and fellow Queenslander Julian Assange explains in his 2010 interview with The Economist (2010) that his intentions for the creation of Wikileaks is to expose highly confidential and controversial information to the general public, hoping they would further engage with the reports and strive for “political reform”. I believe Wikileaks is one of the many success stories of using the internet for the exposure and participation for political and social agendas.
I believe the internet has become a valuable asset in a modern world of growing corruption and injustice as it has revolutionised the way we learn, communicate and participate when it comes to politics. Ivan’s post elaborates how the internet has brought us closer together due to the growth of networking, resulting in increase engagement as a collective group for the same cause.
Shirky also explains, (2011) “social media have become coordinating tools for nearly all of the world’s political movements” , further mentioning the recent political turmoils in Egypt, Spain and the Philippines as examples. Hanan’s post describes the importance of internet freedom as the deny of access can lead to situations in Iran where the people are silenced.
I believe the internet should be the one place in our lives where we have ultimate power to expose and have access to completely uncensored, unfiltered and honest material. It has become a new and powerful form of freedom of speech which should never be taken away.
EconomistMagazine. 2010. “Tea with Julian Assange, editor of Wikileaks economist.com/video.” YouTube video posted July 28. Accessed March 25, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_HPLHIBTtA
hananlau. 2012. “Imagine Being Dictated Regarding Your Freedom Online…Pure Injustice…”, March 24. Accessed March 25, 2012. http://hananlau.wordpress.com/author/hananlau
ivan7cth. 2012. “The New Media — A Greater Connection Between Politics and Public.” The New Media World — We just sharing, March 25. Accessed March 25, 2012. http://ivanbloggggggg.wordpress.com/
Shirky, C. (2011). The Political Power of Social Media: Technology, the Public Sphere, and Political Change in Foreign Affairs. Volume 90, Issue 1; pg. 28.