The Political Power of Social Media
However, no one could have imagined that impeachment of President would have been organized by social media sites. Everyone was surprised after January 17, 2001 when during the impeachment trial of Philippine President Joseph Estrada a million people could organized a huge demonstration in a major crossroad in Manila. The purpose was to force the Philippine Congress to present the evidence against the president, because two hours before the court decision Congress voted to set aside decisive evidence against the president. In two hours through the social media sites Philippine People managed to organize over a million people demonstration against the Congress vote. The demonstration triggered the reverse step by Congress and the legislators presented the key evidence. This fact was estimated by the President Joseph Estrada as the downfall caused by “the text-messaging generation”. Science this fact the power of social media increased substantially. This can be asserted as a landmark case which led to organizing some other little demonstrations against political decisions, political systems of politicians. For example in Georgia during the elections students organized every meeting via social media sites against the government, whose representatives violated prisoners in jail. Every fact was published by Face-book and street demonstrations were well-organized, which resulted first democratically performed elections in Georgia without any revolution or violation of people’s rights. Thus the power of social media increases rapidly.
Important function of social media
Social media has the function of spreading political news as quickly as possible. When something noticeable happens,thousands of people share the information. All of them make comments about the shared information. Thus social media became an important place of political discussions. Even politician are actively involved in social media life. They share the information and barge into the political discussions. Sometimes discussion may arise between two or morepoliticianson the social media platform, were the ordinary people also can express their opinion and participate in the discussion. Social media gives an opportunity to the people to discuss political matters with politicians.
To sum up, social media became a political tool, which can us everyone: ordinary citizens, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations,politicians, activists and the representative of telecommunications. They are all part of social media and together observe the political processes developed in their own country and outside of it. Social media is part of everyday life of civil society all over the world.
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