Social media: gives voice to those not heard.

It is obvious that thanks to the Internet and distributed control, many barriers have been eradicated. One important benefit of this transition is how people are able to communicate their own opinions to those sharing the same thoughts without being blocked by mainstream media. Thanks to social media, communication is now easier than ever.

This huge improvement has fueled revolutions from all over the world where people are restrained by governments which put heavy control and regulation on mainstream media. In places where “free speech” is something impractical, social media appears to be a pain reliever. Such phenomenon as the #ArabSpring or #EuroMaidan can be successful due to the communication network that people created based on online social platform such as Twitter or Facebook. Social media brings about connectivity, which was essential because ‘connectivity is power’, said our lecturer Ted.

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In this post I want to mention another recent phenomena which fit in this context: Hong Kong’s 2014 protests, so called the “Umbrella revolution”. As we have already known, Chinese government has put extreme regulation on Hong Kong, which used to be politically independent from its mother country. Therefore, it was nearly impossible for Hong Kong people to raise their voice through mainstream media. However, the revolution in 2014 was significantly successful thanks to the use of social media, where tweets and posts from students were spreaded out and led to the participation of thousands of citizens who were not students. People also used social media to update about the process, the same as other protests in Tunisia or Ukraine. One of the leaders of the protest was Joshua Wong, who was only 17 at the time, empowered by social media and now elected to Hong Kong’s legislative council.

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Therefore, I can conclude that social media has turned zero to hero, empowered who are not empowered, and given voice to those are not heard.

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Liquid labour: human at heart.

Industrial economy is the result of the purpose to replace human with machines to commit work. There are jobs that machines totally take over human’s role and there are ones that human workers only perform simple tasks at the assembly line. To conclude, it is the era when human is machines’ sidekick.

At present, industrial lab0ur has been replaced by liquid labour who can work across borders when time and space are homogenized in a decentralized and distributed system: the knowledge economy (as mentioned by our lecturer Ted). It is when the main product of successful businesses such as Google, according to Mark Deuze, is connectivity which is created by human as people connect to others. What machines require to operate are only fuel and power, but now employers need people’s ‘willing to work’ (stated by Melissa Gregg).  The situation is reverses: human takes over control.

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It is an inevitable transition as human is the center of this world’s operation, as it is meant to be. Nevertheless, it is just a step, into what will be called, the ‘human economy‘, when human is truly at heart.