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.