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However, the online public spaces have almost all the facial features of offline public spaces. The categories and variables, which decided social interaction in every day life, have also been traced here. Social variables like gender, sexuality, power, class, caste, race and knowledge are vastly reproduced on Internet. The categories which mediate social world prior to the emergence of social media platforms like Facebook , YouTube, Twitter , Blogger, LinkedIn, Flickr are also visible after its coming out and they are as problematic as they were before. The question that arises is what exactly the public sphere on Internet looks like.
Internet usage is sky-rocketing throughout the Asia-Pacific region, obviously making the growth of social media the fastest in the world, as you’ll see, it’s not all about Facebook, but it still leads the way across the region, at least for now. This is a nice collective Infographic from Burson-Marsteller .
What if everyone across the globe used his or her social media influence to help the planet? The impact would be huge, according to a recent infographic from Recyclebank , a company that rewards green consumers with discounts and deals from local and national businesses. The data encourages the connected generation to use social networks and technology for a positive effect on the earth. For example, if each Pinterest user shared one green idea per month, there would be 12 million more environmentally-conscious tips being passed around.
If you’ve spent any time at all on Twitter and Facebook over the last week or so, you’ve undoubtably heard about KONY2012 . The campaign by the nonprofit advocacy group Invisible Children centered around Joseph Kony, the Uganda warlord and leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerrilla group with a long and violent history that includes the kidnapping of children. With striking and dramatic imagery and Hollywood-style editing, the campaign video presents an utterly compelling message in the age of “social” media: by simply clicking “share,” you can make a difference in the world.
Launched in 2010, Genext is a nationwide participatory youth campaign in Uganda that is advocating for smaller family sizes. Implemented by the Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG) with the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the project brings together youth aged 18 to 30 years as "Good Life" Ambassadors, who are rallying for a smaller population by 2013. In addition to advocacy with community leaders and through the media, the campaign uses online social media such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to promote smaller families. Communication Strategies:
When Francis Kariuki got a 4 a.m. call that thieves were breaking into a home in his Kenyan village, he turned to a technological tool for help -- Twitter. He put the word out in less than 140 characters. Minutes later villagers gathered and the thieves fled, the Associated Press reports.
Twitter, Facebook, SMS, and Crowdsourcing—2011 has certainly been the year in which the use of social media and technology has captured the world’s attention. From Tahrir Square in Egypt to the Anna Hazare movement in India, citizens have demonstrated that they want voice and accountability. Innovations in social media, mobile phones and inter-active mapping are powerful tools to mobilize citizens and to provide people with a voice—thus broadening the political debate. However, key questions remain unanswered: What role can these innovative tools play to encourage governments, donors and foundations to become more transparent, open and accountable?
Download Files Download the complete 21-page report. 198.49 KB pdf The Open Society Media Program has commissioned background papers on a range of topics that are important for understanding the effects of new technology on media and journalism. The papers accompany a series of reports, Mapping Digital Media, on the impact of digitization on democracy in 60 countries around the world. The incredible growth of social media has dominated the Web 2.0 decade.
Two students work on a laptop at the African Leadership Academy in Honeydew, Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images Africa is becoming increasingly attractive to international investors, and the growth in its human capital is also very exciting.