Today when i checked the news on my phone, i surprisingly found that in China, Instagram was blocked by the Chinese government as now there is a student movement in Hk, trying to ask for the general election.(as now the Chief Executive of HK is directly appointed by the Chinese government)

Actually, before blocking the Instagram, the Chinese government had already blocked the Facebook, youtube and Twitter several years ago. In many people’s mind, what Chinese government did was unreasonable and even dictatorship. How can the government restrict our freedom for using the social media and surfing on the internet?  However, in my mind, i think it shows how greatly can the social media influences people’s mind, and in some point, i totally agree what the Chinese government did. Nowadays, with the development of the social media, the spreading of the information was unbelievable fast. Everyday, we could learn so many information from the media, b

oth positive or negative, true or false. However, with the increasing amount of information and decreasing of the time we had, people are used to follow the information or image they receive without really analyze them, and then manipulate by them. Therefore, in my mind, if we can not handle so much information, we better discard them. For example, now the movement happened in HK, it hard to tell whether the HK students’ requirements are right or not, as to distinguish it, you have to have a clear understanding of the condition of china and the background of this event. But even Chinese, we did not really know what really happened. Therefore, if we just follow what the foreign media say, we will be easily mislead and cause chaotic in China. Unlike other countries, China has more than 1.5 billion people. Therefore, in some point, the gov

ernment was right.

Finally, i am saying that i encourage the government to block our information, my point is we need to learn how to think deeply and find the truth behind the illusion, if we could not do that, sometimes we better be a “Cave man”.

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5 responses »

  1. revandrewwright says:

    You may be right about social media dominating the consciousness of the people, but I still found this video fairly compelling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vvxlGUki7U#t=42

    • benliang02033 says:

      yeah, i am not saying that what the hk students did was wrong or the Chinese government did was right. i know the whole event was really complicate. However, i still want to remind people that don’t just follow what the media or video said, as you were not there and you didn’t really know much about the condition of China, which means you might easily become a tool of someone for spreading wrong information.

  2. hannahmwebster says:

    Interesting viewpoint you express in your posting. I suggest you read MODES OF SPECTATING by Alison Oddey & Christine White, which includes chapters that explore “the network” of new media as a performance environment, including a chapter on thoughts on the virtual spectator. Chapter 6, “Cultural Use of Cyberspace: Paradigms of Digital Reality,” explores the ‘realism’ of digital reality, it states: “new media have already become an integral part of our culture; however, the ethical, aesthetically, psychological and overall societal implications of the recent marriage remain to be explored. (Iryna Kuksa)”

    Rapid distribution of social messages does not come without subsequent consequences. People are required to interpret this content of manipulated images and information that commonly leads to misconceptions of reality through a persons inability to differentiate the real from the virtual world.

    When I visited my dad in Dubai, I learned Pandora was a banned site. For reasons of content, maybe, for reasons of creative license permissions, more likely. However, it was still a shock to me that the social platforms and music streaming sites to which I am so accustomed in the US are not allowed for various reasons, including cultural, in other countries because the government monitors what is and what is not allowed.

  3. laureljaclyn says:

    I agree that we over consume content. I cannot even think of the last time I went an entire day without logging on to Facebook. However, in a world where so much information is shared online, I think that accessibility is absolutely essential. In fact, I think that access to technology and media is a social justice issue. If online spaces are the spaces where people are socially organizing, who is silenced by not having access to those tools?

  4. Wow thats really interesting about the actions in HK. Instead of imagining a binary of what was ‘right’ of the gov or ‘wrong’ I wonder instead what sort of effect this will have on dissemination or mediation of information for social movements. Will it push social action more into real-time, and on the street? Or will activists find alternative online platforms to undermine gov actions or maybe a loophole of some sort…

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