Globalization: Social & Geographic Perspectives

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Blog #2 – Social Networking / WikiLeaks

April 12th, 2011 · 2 Comments
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After reading chapter 36 and watching the two online videos, I was actually quite shocked. The online video, “Social Networks, Social Revolution,” by Empire – Al Jazeera English, discussed how the technology involving social networking has been used to spread information worldwide; even before any media coverage had been able to do so. Because any individual is able to journal or upload photos and videos on many social network websites, almost anyone can see the information being placed on those websites. Individuals in Egypt used these social networking websites; specifically “Twitter,” to spread information around the world of what was going on in their country. When their internet was shut down, the individuals continued to spread information by using their cell phones. The individuals would send messages to others who had access to these social networking websites to once again get their messages across to anyone outside of the country. Even the U.S government used social networking to demand that U.S. reporters be released.

The online video, “Inside Wikileaks,” also discusses the serious impact that the internet can have by spreading information to individuals around the world. The main discussion of the video involved the chief editor of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and a video that was “leaked” from his sources titled “collateral Murder.”The video that was released / “leaked” was not intended to be seen by individuals around the world; showing innocent unarmed civilians that were being shot at by American soldiers in Iraq. By releasing this video with such a negative title, many individuals viewing this video around the world may have formed their own negative views towards the U.S government after watching this video.

I believe that “freedom of technology” is a great thing that should not be abused. Julian Assange is considered a dangerous person due to specific information he has acquired and “leaked” by being the chief editor of “WikiLeaks.” I was surprised when watching the online videos of how social networking has been used to positively or negatively affecting individuals; spreading all sorts of information at such a rapid rate worldwide. Individuals using these websites were able to spread information faster than the media could cover, while getting the governments of different nations involved simultaneously.

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  • 1    Prof. Hala // Apr 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    It’s important to distinguish the activities of “leaking” and publishing leaked material. WikiLeaks publishes/disseminates “leaks” supplied to them by (mostly anonymous) sources. The US government’s case against WikiLeaks alleges US Private Bradley Manning “leaked” classified material to the organization.

    As for the Iraq video, I think that after watching it any negative views toward the US government probably have more to do with the content of the video than its title. The US military has not denied the authenticity of the footage, which shows the shooting of two unarmed civilians attempting to come to the aid of a wounded/dying person. Is it inaccurate to call this “murder”? If so, why?

  • 2    Josh Jacobson // Apr 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I find it odd that if someone shoots an unarmed person in cold blood it is considered “murder” there is a trial, a conviction and usually jail time but if it happens during war it is referred to as “collateral damage” and usually covered up and assumed to be a byproduct of war. However, I feel that this should be called murder. This was a cold-blooded killing that should not have happened.

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