Why Social Media Scares Politicians - Page 2
The Arab Spring, the effects of which still rage across the Middle East was sparked off by a social media amplified instance of volatility. The self immolation of a 23-year old Tunisian fruit seller by the name of Mohammed Bouazizi, became the tipping point for millions of people in the region. Social media did not cause what happened next, it only made it possible.
There are many charges that are leveled against social media, none more serious than that of it being used for social unrest and terrorism. Governments across the globe from the UK and the US (who want to find ways of controlling it) to those in Russia and now Turkey who want (I suspect) to find ways to use it, themselves.
What all these have in common is that they highlight a political divide. One where on one side are those who are ‘controlled’ and no longer wish to be and on the other those who are doing the controlling and historically have always done so and wish to continue. This is not a divide fostered by ideology. It is one fostered by position. In a seminal moment of the kind of radical transparency politicians rightly fear, social media seems to show that the political class as a whole has more in common amongst itself than with the people it rules over.
It is a revealing fault of a system that may have run its course. At least in the west. How we get to the point that it becomes, again, a relationship that works is a 21st century question only we can answer.