The influence on social media in tense political situations has continued this month with a plethora of articles explaining how social media has assisted uprisings in both Brazil and Turkey.
In Turkey, where the regime has had to respond with the kind of behaviour which will have set back its desire to become a member of the European Union perhaps for ever in my life time the Voice of America reports: “Turkey’s prime minister has condemned social media and promised a crackdown on it and its users. There have already been arrests, and new legislation is being drafted to curb its use. But observers claim social media will be increasingly used in the face of a growing police crackdown on protests.”
Over in Brazil, the cost of hosting the World Cup and Olympics within the space of 24 months was, perhaps a terrible mistake. In the rush to get the prize the cost was not considered.
Here the Guardian relate how social media have played a key part http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/21/brazil-protest-social-media?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theguardian%2Fmedia%2Frss+(Media)
There is absolutely no doubt that social media can bring out the very worse in people when an uprising happens. I would argue that many protestors might not even have been aware of what they were protesting about! But the power of social media as far as the wider digital audience is concerned cannot be ignored and it seems as if it is far more than a passing fad.