Social media and politics update

The BBC had a quick clip on how technology has played a major role in delivering news of the Burmese military junta’s crackdown on monk protesters. During the previous protest in 1988, there was little footage for the outside world to watch. This time, whether the junta is ready for it or not, every move they make is filmed and photographed and sent to news agencies and other respositories around the world.

“Before, they were moving things hand-to-hand and now they are using the internet – proxy websites, Google and YouTube and all these things.”

Let’s not forget Flickr. This user has ground zero photos of the clashes between the military and the monks. Take this photo for instance. The sight of local Burmese forming a human chain protecting their monks, is worthy of an award.
What about Facebook? The ‘Support the Monks’ protest in Burma’ group has over 48,000 visitors and counting.
And what Salaam Pax was during the US invasion of Iraq, Ko Htike is at this point in time.
Social media is breaking down boundaries – by letting the world know when human rights boundaries have been broken.
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