Thank you for taking the time and effort to gain further knowledge about the topic of media. Media affects each one of us in countless ways. In this chapter, you will read about the impact that social media has had on the world, and more specifically, you will read about social media’s power to cause social change and revolutions. Through the selected sources, you will see the benefits and downfalls of using social media to cause social change. By the end of this chapter, I hope that you have a more informed outlook on the power of new media and a new attitude, knowing that anyone can start a movement, for better or worse.
The chapter you are about to read is broken down by global regions, each with their own unique issues and different levels of access to social media. The chapter begins with an overview section, which provides general analyses of how new media can be used to cause social change. Social media has a global influence and has immense capabilities, some of which we still have not discovered. Each global category contains four to five articles, exhibiting social media’s growing influence in these regions. In the section about Asia, I modified my focus and analyzed the limitations on social media’s influence on the region. Many nations throughout Asia have strict Internet censorship laws and greatly restrict the power of new media outlets. Finding articles that pertained to social media and censorship in that region proved to be rather difficult. However, there are three great articles that address the current level of censorship.
I hope you enjoy this chapter and that your knowledge of social media grows. As you continue on in life, it is important to remember that no cause is too big to fight for. Social media has now given the everyday citizen the necessary tools to achieve social change. Thank you again for taking the time to educate yourself about this topic.
Brandon Wachs, La Jolla Country Day School
WorldLink 2012 Summer Intern