Contemporary social movements effectiveness in rallying their constituent support is nowadays attributed to the level of embeddedness of new media in their activism. This is based on the fact that social movements in different parts of the world now use new media tools to simultaneously organize protests demonstration at the same time or instantly influencing other movements across international boarders. And the effectiveness of these new media tools in activism is applauded because of the interactive link it creates for communities, enabling back and forth conversations, and the sharing of instant messages to large audiences around the world instantaneously. This assertion can be backed by the Tunisia revolution in 2011 that set the pace for Arab Spring that crisscrossed Arab World. But “Does new media activism different from what is now called “old media”, or does new media play more instrumental role than old media in social movements activism”? Continue reading →
New media have made a quite big change in the world for the last few years from local grassroots to global international levels. It is used for social and political changes including regime changes through influencing electoral processes and people mobilization like the Arab Spring as wells as a “cause” for
particular situation such as “the save Darfur.” Thanks to the interconnection of electricity, cheaper access to internet and smartphones which have enabled the power to connect directly with friends, family members, and world citizens equally and has transformed the way relationships are formed and sustained and altered the very structure of our social fabric (Kevin Lewis, 2014). Continue reading →
The ongoing migration crises around the world seem to be a never ending story. With the strong picture of a little boy laying on the shore near Bodrum in Turkey in September 2015 the global awareness of the crisis peaked, but since it’s massive exposure in both conventional and social media it seems to have diminished.
The proximity principle is as always strong and the focus on migration tends to be on the ones affecting us directly. One of the migration crises often referred to as ‘one of the other’ is the ongoing flight from Myanmar by tens of thousands of Rohingya. The Rohingya is an ethnic sufi-inflected Sunni-Muslim minority, primarily living in the Rakhine state in western Myanmar and it’s population of approximately one million makes up around a third of the total population of the extremely poor state. The Rohingya has since the 1970’s been subject to pervasive violations of human rights, including persecution, ethnic cleansing and statelessness. With Aung San Suu Kyi’s landslide victory in the Myanmar general election in November 2015 many hoped for a positive change for the country and the Rohingya and former US president Obama lifted the nearly two decade long sanctions against Myanmar. So far only small changes have been seen and with what is still a very fragile government there has been nothing but silence on the treatment of the Rohingya who still faces extreme limitations of their freedom, violence and in parts of the region also severe malnutrition, in what by Human Rights Watch is described as a campaign of arsons, killings and rape. Continue reading →
You always see strange things in this world. These strange things maybe coming from normal individuals, or powerful persons from the countries leading the world. A person like President Donald Trump whose words are lawful or have immediate enforcement considering his influence of the world being the most powerful man is an issue of great interest to everybody. It was early January when Donald Trump, the newly elected president of the United States annouced the executive order ban of the citizens from 7 muslim countries to enter into the USA. This was part of his policy towards immigrants in the USA and the newcomers like Syrians fleeing from war, waiting to come to USA are mainly affected. Being an immigrant is not the choice of any body and back to the history every person in the US was an immigrant one time or another. Immigration is a global phenomena we have to acknowledge and it is not usually a negative but a positive contribution of knowledge, skills and cultural enrichment instead. Continue reading →