The new world encyclopedia defines the word censorship as “the editing, removing, or otherwise changing speech and other forms of human expression.” The word is derived from censor which is latin. Back in the day in Rome it meant to manage and oversee residents morals (newworldencyclopedia, 2019).
Before starting, I would like to tell you that this post may be more of a philosophical nature than the others, and most probably you did not expect to read what you are about to read now. It is not even that much about online activism, or ICT and new media, but I have written it for us to stop for a moment, observe and think.
In the age of the digital revolution, there are numeral examples of how new media and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) can be and have been used for development and social change. Social media hashtags such as #BlackLivesMatters and #MeToo that have both gone viral are only two out of many examples, and have both served to raise awareness about social inequalities and mobilise activists globally. Social media platforms can be quick and accessible channels to spread the word about a specific cause, and to easily interlink like minded activists all over the world.
Feminism, a word we come across almost daily in our lives. A social movement that has taken the media by storm. It has become a very hot topic, one that gets me excited for our future. As you may know by now, if you’ve read my other blog posts, I am very passionate about gender equality. Today we are talking about feminism and how new age feminists can sometimes be viewed as “taking it too far”. Let’s travel back in time to the 50s, my friends.
Social media has become an indispensable part of our lives. If some years ago people used to turn on TV or read morning newspapers after getting up, nowadays it has been replaced by checking different social media on your smartphone. The ritual is basically the same every morning: we need to see what’s new on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and so on. If we have a break during the daytime at work/school, our hands will reach out automatically to check those apps on the phone again.