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Social Media & Drug Cartels


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Social Media & Drug Cartels

  1. 1. Social Media & The War On Drugs By Alex Manta Oct. 25 th , 2011 The role that social media plays in Mexico’s struggle to stop the violence brought on by drug cartels
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Why I chose the topic </li></ul><ul><li>Recent incidences </li></ul><ul><li>The drug cartels and their influence </li></ul><ul><li>Changing roles of traditional and social media </li></ul>
  3. 3. Topic choice <ul><li>Started with a tweet: </li></ul><ul><li>Social media as a matter of life and death </li></ul><ul><li>Topic we haven’t touched on </li></ul>
  4. 4. In the news… <ul><li>2 bodies hung from bridge in Nuevo Laredo on Sept. 13 th </li></ul><ul><li>Bodies were mutilated and remain unidentified </li></ul><ul><li>Sign was left with bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Newspaper editor beheaded and body displayed in public on Sept. 24 th </li></ul><ul><li>Active contributor on &quot;Nuevo Laredo en Vivo” </li></ul><ul><li>Sign left identifying her by her username </li></ul>
  5. 5. Key Cartels & Blogs <ul><li>Cities with heavy drug-related violence include Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey, Saltillo, and Veracruz </li></ul><ul><li>Two prominent gangs are the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel </li></ul><ul><li>Main blogs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Frontera Al Rojo Vivo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog del Narco </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Cartels silence regular media <ul><li>Threats from cartels towards media outlets have forced many of them to stop reporting on the drug violence </li></ul><ul><li>Newspaper where Maria Macias worked wrote only a small story and did not mention her name </li></ul>
  7. 7. Social Media’s Impact <ul><li>Mexico has seen rapid increase in internet and Twitter usage </li></ul><ul><li>Social media has become an important tool for finding out the facts quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens in different cities use hashtags to connect and organize information </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>-New America Media, Sept. 16 th , 2011 </li></ul>“ The message could not have been clearer had it been sent over Twitter: the drug cartels recognize that, in addition to battling the Mexican Army, they are now battling the tens of millions of Mexican citizens with Twitter and Facebook accounts.”
  9. 9. Pros & Cons <ul><li>Gets people the information they need </li></ul><ul><li>Instant updates </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to save lives </li></ul><ul><li>Not always reliable </li></ul><ul><li>The cartels can use the social media sites too </li></ul><ul><li>Puts user at risk </li></ul>
  10. 10. Further Research <ul><li>Continue to monitor news stories </li></ul><ul><li>Effectiveness and impact of hashtags </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate what is best use of social media going forward </li></ul>
  11. 11. Thank You <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>