Ready, Aim, Tweet!!

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The definition of revolution is: a forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favour of a new system (from the Latin revolutio, “a turnaround”) 

…Now can I make an assumption that most of you pictured, the French or American revolution, an old historical battle with only selected countries and physical armies? (And don’t worry, I did the same)

Well, yes, you would not be mistaken for having this image burned into your brain. When the concept of a ‘revolution’ is thrown around, we all envision the historical events that we were taught in schools, about the noble soldiers and the huge battles that were fought and lost on the battlefield.

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Although, this is technically correct. You are wrong, this is no longer what a revolution looks like. Revolutions, like so many other things, have had a technological make-over, now having strong connections with social media. Twitter has become a particularly strong platform for such revolutions as #arabsprings and #euromaidan to play out in.

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The ability for an individual or group to communicate their message to a wider audience through social media is astounding, the use of hashtags has enabled some recent revolution to occur. The flow of information and freedom of speech that is allowed on such platforms as Twitter has seen an increase of political conversations and revolutions arise dramatically, people can be heard, more voices are able to join. This is how groups build their strengthen, how the messages are sent and received in the technological age.

#arabsprings : was a series of anti-government protests, uprisings and armed rebellions that spread across the Middle East in early 2011. This particular movement stood for “an expression of deep-seated resentment at the aging Arab dictatorships… anger at the brutality of the security apparatus, unemployment, rising prices, and corruption that followed the privatization of state assets in some countries.” #arabsprings highlighted how “being capable of sharing an immense amount of uncensored and accurate information throughout social networking sites has contributed” to revolutions have changed drastically and how internet has opened a new avenue for political issues to be discussed.

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“Arab Spring activists have not only gained the power to overthrow powerful dictatorship, but also helped Arab civilians become aware of … communities … willing to listen to their stories” 

The valuable lesson from the #arabspring revolution was how “social networks have broken the psychological barrier of fear by helping many to connect and share information” Social networks “for the first time provided activists with an opportunity to quickly disseminate information while bypassing government restrictions,” 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Ready, Aim, Tweet!!

  1. Hi Amanda!

    Since the rapid development of technology and the infiltration of the internet into our modern day norms there have been so any words that have had be to be reconsidered and redefined to suit this new context. I think the way you made this analogy to open your blog with regards to the word “revolution” and how it has changed with the prevalence of twitter, Facebook and other social media sites was very clever.

    Outside of the the ones we discussed in the lecture, there are heaps of examples of hashtag activism that have taken place in recent years, both on large and small scales. Think: #blacklivesmatter, #prayforparis, and stacks more (some examples at the link below).

    http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/12-hashtags-that-changed-the-world-in-2014

    I’d love to hear from you: have you ever used a hashtag on social media such as one of these to make a point, to share an idea, or to promote an opinion? How about changing your profile picture to a rainbow flag in support of marriage equality – is something like this also an example of activism?

    All in all, this is a very informative blog with some great links to external information. Awesome work!

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    1. Hi Susie, in relation to your question- no I have never used a hashtag or added a rainbow flag on my bios, I personally like to stay politically neutral in the media. But I do believe even changed your profile picture to a certain frame on FB (marriage equality, prayforparis) is a form of activism. Thanks for your comment and link will check it out

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