Lievrouw’s second chapter, “Activist and New Media,” was incredibly thought provoking, especially paired with the class lectures. As a youth and a student, it’s interesting to see how many social movements were led by people similar to me in age. Dada and Situationalists’ use of media as a vehicle for social change reminded me of present day youth utilizing new/ social media for social change. Learning about the student uprising in France during the time of Situationalists, instantly reminded me of what’s going on in Hong Kong right now. Students are rioting for democracy in Hong Kong. One thing students are fighting for in particular is access to the internet, without censorship. This case is interesting because present day new media, such as the Internet is not necessarily being used in Hong Kong to organize. Even if some folks are getting around to using the Internet to spread the word, it’s still incredibly inaccessible to many people. In fact, I’m not sure if organizers in Hong Kong are using media campaigns to organize, other than news sources. (If anyone finds any information that disapproves this statement – please let me know!) It’s interesting how much Americans’ take social media and freedom for granted. This raises many questions around government censorship and organizing. Do you think the American government, in the future will censor certain forms of media to prevent people from organizing?
For more information about what’s going on in Hong Kong, I’ve attached some articles and photos: