Thursday, May 12, 2011

Blurp 001: the internet

Writings/thoughts will never escape the confines of my draft, so I figured it's better to let it go meanwhile; traces of my thoughts in little blurps.

Or sometimes I'm just writing things out, so that it's easier to see my thoughts, and to understand the thread that I'm on...


As a preface, I've been reading a little on the emergence of mass media (broadcast?) mediums - radio, newspapers, television etc. In the past, people who could have access to it was more or less balanced. These mediums was able to give voice to the unheard, such as when workers were demanding for rights and so on. Eventually, what was relatively affordable became expensive to the point where only the rich would have access to it. Smaller broadcast mediums are slowly phased out as they are unable to survive when the rich could do more, for less.

Hence, the control over the medium is done. So, what we hear and see, may be according to what the controllers WANT us to hear and see. An influence, if you may. Which also translates to power.

(I apologise for the very rough understanding of it, and I might have used a term wrongly here and there.)

As for the article, my understanding is that social networking, the Internet now is a fertile ground for political movements based on the recent uprisings in the Middle East. In the past, the broadcast mediums was a whole new way to reach out to the masses and it was a great tool for the government and politics. Now the playground is set to be changed again. Power is decentralised. This time, budget isn't a problem. Sorry, that's a bit Captain Obvious, but there's more.

Back then, the wrestle for control over these mediums happened when it was realised that it holds immense power and influence.

The Twitter incident, where the US asked the company to postpone their updates so that the Iranians could communicate with each other on it. Or closer to home, in Malaysia's March 2008 elections. Governments and corporations are waking up to how important the internet is. The internet may now be viewed as a political tool...

The argument is that, when people realise the potential if one could control the internet, what would happen in the future? Harder than the previous mediums of broadcast, but control over it is not impossible. There are still ways to bypass the control... going underground in the internet...

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