The Mobilization of Citizens

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In Protests and Online, a Youth Movement Seeks to Sway Mexico’s Election

Youth movements in Mexico have been anything but encouraged. Therefore, it was surprising to see a youth movement form during this year’s Mexican elections. This new movement, called “YoSoy132,” calls for the democratization of the media and for transparency of journalism and electoral processes. The student protesters were upset that mainstream television stations like Televisa and TV Azteca altered the poll results, inaccurately showing that one of the candidates led the race by an unbeatable difference. Initially, the national media ignored the protesters, but the movement swelled so much that it soon became impossible to hide. These powerful media institutions wanted to impose a presidential candidate whom they favored. This unique circumstance shows that perhaps, in Mexico at least, the media has a level of control over the government.

Cave, Damien. “In Protests and Online, a Youth Movement Seeks to Sway Mexico’s Election.” The New York Times. 11 June 2012. Web. 24 June 2012. <http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/in-protests-and-online-the-yosoy132-movement-seeks-to-sway-mexicos-election/>.

 

Dealing With Assange and the WikiLeaks Secrets

Three news companies, The Guardian, The New York Times and the German magazine Der Spiegel, conspired with WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange to release a set of classified stories about the involvement of the United States military in Afghanistan and Iraq. The day before the stories were released, the U.S. government was in a frenzy and requested the media companies to pull the articles. They did not. This document looks at the tensions between government and media, particularly the risks that media takes. Although Bill Keller admits that media corporations occasionally give inaccurate reports, he concludes that freedom of speech is necessary to uphold America’s democratic beliefs.

Keller, Bill. “Dealing With Assange and the WikiLeaks Secrets” The New York Times. 26 January 2011. Web. 12 July 2012. <http://web.cs.wpi.edu/~hofri/Readings/NYTonWikiLeaks.pdf>.

 

SOPA, PIPA, Megaupload.com, and the United States Government

Censorship policies are common in countries like Syria and China, but it is shocking to learn that they almost took hold in the United States. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) were designed to curb the pirating of music and written copyrighted material from the Internet. A strong backlash from American people and Internet sites caused U.S. politicians to reject them. Author Jack Maes, a junior in high school, analyzes the impact of these acts on the American government. He believes that our government must return to the ideals of its founding, to a government that serves and guides but does not control.

Maes, Jack. “SOPA, PIPA, Megaupload.com, and the United States Government.” The Washington Times. 3 February 2012. Web. 13 July 2012. <http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/political-potpourri/2012/feb/3/sopa-pipa-megauploadcom-and-united-states-governme/>.

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