Today I begin my mental relaxation period and for two days I shall think about anything but the buttholes in Washington………
We can now tell our friends what we are doing at any moment….when you are sitting on the pot or after you just had sex the cute whack job in 4B….and thanx to old what his name and the bobbsy twins and the Twitter dude…there is nowhere that we cannot go and still not share our most intimate moments……and in 140 characters.
Social networking can be used for a lot of things….like a political campaign, selling merchandise and services…..and recently as a tool to coordinate a revolution. Yep! the protests and civil disobedience known as “the Arab Spring” has been coordinated on Twitter and FaceBook……the protesters used it to tell when and where protests were to break out…in other words it was used to bring about change in an authoritarian system and to move many Middle East countries toward the possibility of a democracy breaking out. In this case it was a friend!
Recently, there was a protest called to bring attention to the crimes and the thieves on Wall Street and it has been reported that 50,000 people took part in the protest….but where was the media? There was NO reporting on this turn of events like there was during the continuing Arab Spring movement. Why? You would think that a protest of 50,000 people would get someone’s attention in the media.
It seems that the authorities, regardless of who they are, used social networking to get ahead of the protests……they were able to know where and when the major events were to be held and at what time…thus these protests were controlled to the point that the media did not feel it was news worthy plus the media is controlled by corporations and did not want to strike the hand that feeds them…..so social networking was ineffective as a protest tool, they allowed it to be an organizing tool but not let it go much further….in this case, social networking was NOT a friend and was a FOE!
If protests are to be successful then the movement needs to find another way of coordinating the protests. Straight networking is NOT friendly to the revolution. Social networking is being used against the movement….if you are planning civil disobedience then networking is your FOE!