Protest Cultures and Digital Dissent



Nowadays, just only a `share’ button, the world can hear what you are saying and what you trying to say. The powerful of Internet makes everything become public in a short time. Internet is a platform that everyone can exercise their freedom of speech and freely discuss what’s on their minds.

Social networking sites such as `Facebook’ and `Twitter’ make a public sphere to gather large amounts of people and speak their minds out. It’s a platform that topics can openly be discussed and debated freely. Because of all the massage and news can spread wide to public through social network, people will carry in advertising to make fund and also politicians using it to achieve political propaganda. One of the examples is Barack Obama using the technology and social networking as a government tool to communicate with the public. He had a website ( to collect database and encourage supporter to share ideas with the government (David Carr, 2008). Besides that, Obama used network platform in the election to won the presidential campaign. In Obama’s 2008 campaign, the internet is seen to offer a new opportunity to spread `power to the people’ and Barack Obama’s team arguably ran the greatest presidential campaign ever — in the sense that it pulled out the rug from underneath the political establishment (Sarah Lai, 2008).



Moreover, the public also using Internet to express their dissatisfaction even protest. For example, `The Arab Spring”, it was a series of anti-government protests that spread across the Middle East (Primoz Manfreda, n.d). The awareness of protest are spread by network media and causing a chain reaction.



Social networking is holding the great power in these democratic societies. It was a best way to confrontation with dictatorships government and a best platform to let the voiceless speak out.



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Promoz Manfreda, (n.d) , ‘Definition of the Arab Spring’, Accessed 25/10/2013,

Haydenmcgirr, (2013), ‘A new generation of democracy and protest, protest culture and digital dissent’ , Accessed 25/10/2013,

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