2011, protests and social media


That time was different when writing into cyber space seemed like an eternal waste of time, well not any more. We all have stories to tell, thoughts to share, friends to get in touch with, photos to show off and a status to update our friends. Today if you are not on Facebook then you don’t exist I guess, people will look at you as if you are from pre-historic era or stone age, lol. It’s been some time (1-2 years) since people started sharing their own opinion about various stuff on social media, apart from simply updating their status. And this process increased a lot and we can say that it was on a high last year.

The year 2011 saw protests throughout the world. Perhaps this year is going to be a year of global revolt. And yes, we need a better world to live in it. Starting from mass protests against economic breakdown in Greece, Italy, and Spain to the hyped “occupy wall street”, it was all over the world as well as all over the internet. Social media, the tool which connected people throughout the world to come together and take an initiative. From the protest events in Libya and Syria to the marches in Chile and Israel, who connected people? The anger of being left out from the benefits of economic growth, corruption, and the lack of humanity within those who run countries and rule people. Social media just being a medium to spread the news and gathering support from people.

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India saw even more events during this period. The great “Indian anti-corruption movement” was one of the top 10 stories of 2011 by TIMES. Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and other social media helped a lot in gathering supports from people all over India against corruption, and support for Anna Hazare. When asked by the press about his protests Anna Hazare said, “How can the government stop anyone from protesting? This land is not their father’s property. The citizens are the masters of this country and the ministers are their servants.”

Yes, we need a better world.

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2 thoughts on “2011, protests and social media

  1. I just love this line.

    How can the government stop anyone from protesting? This land is not their father’s property. The citizens are the masters of this country and the ministers are their servants.

    Like

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