Tag: activism

by Shannon Fisher

The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. We all have at least one social or political issue that gets our blood boiling. The question is whether it boils vigorously enough to incite action. Of course, the majority of us vent our frustrations about these issues at the water […] more »

by Madeleine Bair

The instinct to believe what we see has made video a driving force in news coverage, but it has also been exploited as a powerful tool for manipulation. As journalists and crisis responders increasingly look toward YouTube, social media, and their audiences for firsthand footage of developing stories, they can find themselves the target of […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Rachel Sklar Welcome to the 44th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, this time with Mark Glaser and the Rachel Sklar as co-hosts. Sklar is a writer and social entrepreneur, and is filling in for Rafat Ali. This week, we convene a special roundtable to discuss how social media is changing activism, in the wake of […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Can online protests make a difference? In the past, they’ve had mixed success but with enough people pushing against the twin anti-piracy bills, SOPA and PIPA, the U.S. Congress was forced to pay heed. They have now put off bringing the bills to a vote, while contemplating rewrites and changes to the bills. Google alone […] more »

by Lucie Morillon

In many countries, you have to commit a serious crime to be sentenced to 20 years in jail, but in Burma this can happen just for using the Internet. There are almost 69 cyber-dissidents in jail worldwide, yet Burma’s Nay Phone Latt has become the first blogger to receive such a lengthy prison term. His […] more »

by Sokari Ekine

Simon Nkoli “The closet I have come out of — it is similar to the wardrobe my relieved parents stepped out of when I unlocked the wardrobe after the police had left. If you’re black in South Africa, the inhuman laws of apartheid closet you, if you’re gay in South Africa, the homophobic customs of […] more »

by Jennifer Woodard Maderazo

This morning, I received a notification on my Facebook profile that said if I sent a virtual plant to some of my friends, I’d help them “save the Earth.” If you’re a Facebook user, you probably wonder how much the incessant pleas by certain applications on the site might actually “change the world.” Modules built […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Today is President’s Day in the U.S., celebrating the February birthdays of past presidents Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. But rather than looking back, I’d like to look forward to the next president of the United States — whoever he or she will be — and consider how they might use technology and new media […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Protester in Chicago When the ruling military junta in Burma cracked down on protesters, killing unarmed Buddhist monks, the world was watching. While mainstream journalists have to work undercover in Burma for fear of the junta’s wrath, Burmese citizens and tourists were able to shoot photos and videos of the protests and transmit them to […] more »

by Jennifer Woodard Maderazo

The term “social web” brings to mind images of people around the world interacting with each other without borders or barriers. With the arrival of more and more sites that help us connect, express ourselves and share media, it seems like we’re advancing toward a more open Internet, in which everyone has the right to […] more »