Week 10 – New Media Beyond 1st Worlds
The Digital Revolution, a fitting title for the radical changes that continues to unfold unpredictably before us. It is easy to say in a developed society that fresh, new and flashy technological advances which become available for our consumer interest can feel a lot of the time gimmicky, spectacular or evening overwhelming. I feel we tend to use these devices for simple reasons like stalking our friends on Facebook, play Farmville or get as many “likes” as possible on our webpage.
Beyond our borders there are people of developing nations who treat these devices as something much more valuable and purposeful, their attitude which I greatly admire and can only respect. Saroj’s blog on April 26, 2012 describes their views on social media as “a tool for patient empowerment” (2012). She reflects her time in India where the locals use Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms for their own useful right such as to improve medical literacy and the communication along with treatment of patients.
Even in times of dire situations, social media has always been there for our use. As Simon Mainwaring (2011) explains how the recent Egyptian revolution was an incredible achievement in both the power of protest and the demonstration of the tremendous potential of social media. The rapid communication, expansion of networks and growing inspiration was too big for the Mubarak regime to handle, ultimately leading to his downfall. Social media wins once again!
I completely agree with Will’s blog on how social media can always bring positive and progressive changes to certain situations. No subject has sparked so much sensation and significance like social media has in recent history. I believe how developing nations use social media should be taken as a lesson to every individual who is online, teaching us that we the everyday people have this powerful tool at our disposal and use it for greater meaning rather than tweeting about Justin Bieber’s new hairstyle. As Erik Qualman states, “We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it” (2011).
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Mainwaring, Simon. 2011. “Exactly What Role Did Social Media Play in the Egyptian Revolution?” Accessed May 15, 2012. http://www.fastcompany.com/1727466/exactly-what-role-did-social-media-play-in-the-egyptian-revolution
Saroj. 2012. “Social Media as a Tool for Patient Empowerment in Developing Countries.” Saroj on the Issues… , April 26. Accessed May 15, 2012. http://sospokesaroj.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/social-media-as-a-tool-for-patient-empowerment-in-developing-countrie/
Socialnomics09. 2011. “Social Media Revolution 2011.” YouTube video, posted June 8. Accessed May 13, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SuNx0UrnEo&feature=related