Globalization: Social & Geographic Perspectives

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Blog # 2

April 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment
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“Social Networks, Social Revolution”, by Empire and Al Jazeera English, focused on the discussion of the freedom of access to the internet and how it has sparked a social revolution and whether or not this may be true. Although there are positives to social networking there are many negatives like the Egyptian government controlling what is seen on twitter. The censorship of the Internet is not what Obama had promised as freedom of access to the Internet is being blocked off by telecom companies that write legislation to privatize the Internet. People are ultimately the key to revolutions by any means of communication, which makes censorship challenging, as the speed of the Internet is unstoppable and news can spread around the world like wildfire in a matter of minutes. It was voiced that in order to keep sources from the Internet legit there must be an organic movement, which is a form of filtering because at the end of the day one is picking at the information that one wants to share with the rest of the world. The conclusion of the discussion was that journalists are going to have to be the check in balance for the rest of the world as they are primary sources to the people.

“Inside Wikileaks” recaps the release of its video of innocent civilians being shot down in Baghdad by military force. The video was leaked to spread knowledge on what was happening in Baghdad but this “knowledge” wasn’t being shown for what it really was which was a violation of the law. Two journalists were killed for no reason at all, harming two children leaving them scarred for life and fatherless.   This concludes how the mainstream media can control what is being shown and more importantly, HOW it is being shown. Julian Assange, who is chief editor of WikiLeaks, is viewed as a very powerful and dangerous individual holding information that may be wrongful and spreading it to the world as legit information. This proves that not everything that you see on the Internet is true you must know the facts and history of things before you make conclusions and believe everything is 100% true.

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  • 1    Prof. Hala // Apr 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Excellent presentation of the key points and nuanced critique.

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