It’s not hard to find that we both live and work in a new media era. As I mentioned in the last blog, “transversal is a line cuts across other lines, even across the entire fields, which brings those fields together in a new way or recreates those fields as something else” (Murphie, 2006). As media technologies connect with an increasing number of social fields around the world, transversality is the inevitable discipline that the new media should contact (Murphie, 2009). The forms of new media would connect with social culture, commerce and even politics. In this blog, I would argue that political issues are also embedded into transversal concerns.
Basically, Internet is built on a fundamentally hierarchical structure, which includes a top-down government control or dominated by the large monopoly organisation (2011). But recently, we are witnessing the potential of a peer-to-peer networking become diminish the top-down structure of Internet control. Generally, P2P aims to reach an extension of the Open Source model to access more information and technology. It’s believed that a democratic society should be based on freely distributed and increasingly participated modes of information, which opposed to current mainstream of centralised controlled information system (Anon, 2010). For my personal experience, the most astonishing thing of P2P information started with the corporate-government banishment of WikiLeaks last year. It’s reported that WikiLeaks published 1.7m US diplomatic records (2013).
“Micro-politics is a creation of techniques for collaboration, which involve experimentations and an openness to be experimental (Jellis, 2009)”, and thus micro-politics offers a decentralised point for a new mode of politics. Micro-politics refers as a group of people use their power to achieve a sustainable goal. For example, We the People is launched by American White House, which aims to give all Americans a way to engage with their government on the issues that matters to them. Moreover, the 3Cs techniques used by Micro-politics, which keep everything more transparent than before, and prevalently use in the world to scrutinise the government . The photo below pictured that the differences between people attend the election of pontiff in Vatican.
(NBC NEWS, 2013)
For instance, people could post the unfair judgement in relation to the politics on any social networks. It’s a effective way to distribute information like virus. The new media technologies allow every single person engaged into politics issues to protect their rights. Recently, hundreds of people have rallied in the Chinese city of Kunming to protest at plans for a factory producing a toxic chemical in a textile industry. Moreover, most of people post images or texts via Weibo to encourage more people engage in the protest and protect their rights.Also, the social network service is also a platform for the Government to figure out residential’s reaction with their social plans.
(BBC NEWS, 2013)
Blow is a link, which introduced how We the People works.
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