Wow. There are some pretty crazy things happening in Hong Kong right now. Honestly, I would love to be there right now to take pictures and hear about the issues first-hand.
Huge groups of protesters , mostly made of students and teenagers, have taken to the streets of the city to rally against China’s communist rulers. It’s already public knowledge that China censors a lot of their media, and this is part of the reason protesters are calling for democracy. The protests have been largely ignored and hidden by the government in the mainland, so some people in China don’t even know it’s happening.
The government has already cut off Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ in china after protesters began to share their experiences and photos on social media.
This brings to mind the power of social media. It really depends on the type of people who drive it. We were talking in class about the different reasons we post. We have specific criteria or goals usually. When looking at it closer, its a way society can now demand a voice in whatever is going on, wither it be within business to business, business to customer, or citizens to government. Without Facebook or Twitter, the protestors in Hong Kong have now taken to Instagram to show the world their voice. The point is, social media has gained so much momentum that it has become part of who we are as individuals. We consider our “accounts” and profiles a portrayal of who we are to a certain extent. In a business/organization setting, it matters to us if a company deletes our complaint from their Facebook wall, or never replies to us. What is happening in Hong Kong is an example of all we are learning on a huge scale, one that is important to people’s whole lives. We are lucky to have the freedoms we do, and social media is one of them.
Here is some coverage on whats happening in Hong Kong. I’d love to watch this video together in class and discuss!