Young activists in several countries across the region put forth calls for demonstrations on YouTube and Facebook, emulating their Tunisian and Egyptian counterparts before them.
Publications have been shut down and journalists blacklisted for crossing the country’s three red lines: Islam, the Western Sahara, and the monarchy.
Demonstrate the implications of the social revolution in redistributing power throughout society.
-Spread person-to-person by mobile devices, unrest mounted amid Tunisia’s newly connected generation outside the glare of network TV cameras.
-The revolution was not televised but tweeted, exposing the shortcomings of traditional media throughout the world.
-Mobile phones and social media were crucial to information flow that helped protestors gather and plan their demonstrations.
The Syrian Up rise
Known as the Facebook page of Syrian Revolution 2011.
Mainstream, new media became increasingly reliant on citizen journalism due to state-imposed media blackout.
-It is bridging the gap between what activists are doing on the ground and the classic media
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter emerged as a motor of regime-changing protests in Egypt and Tunisia, and have since been a source of information on demonstrations and killings in Syria for citizens and journalists alike.
It provides as a voice for thousands of Syrians citizens.
A major role citizen journalism is playing is that it is magnifying the dispossession and despair of those who cannot speak
The London Riot
U.K., a nation addicted to smart phones.
- Mobile phones have become weaponised.
Citizen journalists can fill the gap in two ways:
-Used to spread of violence and destruction by gangs of rioters.
- Media and politicians created the impression that the riots were orchestrated by ‘Twitter mobs’, ‘Facebook mobs’ and ‘Blackberry mobs’.
-Thugs and looters are taking advantage the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service to other troublemakers, alerting them to riot scenes and inciting further violence.
The positive side is that online media can be used to stop the riots and clean up.
As more and more citizen journalists come up, do you think they are nothing but gossip or it will replace mainstream journalism ?
As mention in the presentation, the use of citizen journalism has been debated by some people. Do you think that citizen journalism should be controlled or monitored by government authority? If so, would this reduce the freedom people has on the internet and is that an infringement of freedom of expression and speech rights?
Mainstream and traditional media has becoming reliant on citizen journalism and it has become a major source of information in the absence of traditional media. How can we determine the credibility and biasness of the information if the sources are from bloggers and citizen journalist?