Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Global Revolution Instigated By Social Media Networks

By Bilal Khalifeh

A protest is an expression of objection, by words or by actions, to particular events, policies or situations. That’s how Wikipedia defines a protest.
Protests can take various forms, from individual declarations to mass demonstrations and marches. A protest could also be a reaction to a counter-protest.

Some people claim that the ancient Egyptians at Dairy El-madina performed the first protest in history in 1152 BC. This protest was carried out against the rule of King Ramses III. The workers or slaves declared a mass demonstration against delays in the payment of their wages and they protested by going on strike.

Nearly 3000 years later, the famous French revolution in 1789 had a fundamental impact on French history and on modern history worldwide, and which was also the result of an economic crisis and the increasing frustration of people over the ineptitude of King Louis XVI and the continued decadence of the aristocracy. 

To avoid paying the British tax on salt, the famous Gandhi decided to find his own salt. To do so, Ghandi walked 240 miles over the course of 24 days, joined by a growing number of followers. However, Gandhi was jailed, but the protest drew national attention to his cause and he was eventually released. There was no immediate success to his peaceful protest, but eventually India obtained its independence 20 years later.
Some 160 years later, Tarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire on 17 December 2010, as a protest against the confiscation of his wares and the harassment and humiliation that he said he was subjected to by a municipal official and her aides. Tarek’s act became a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Spring, inciting demonstrations and riots throughout Tunisia in protest of social and political issues in the country.

What we can draw from these protests is that economical, social, and devastating civil conditions drove people to demonstrate and march against ruling regimes, and they all succeeded.

There is a new type of demonstration that is still yet to flourish, and that is the digital protest. There are in fact many online demonstrations and online petitions that were started 3-4 years ago, however the increasing use of social media and the uncontrollable glodigitization will soon become the kind of demonstrations that can’t be contained. And these protests will not only be country-focused, but it will eventually lead Generation 0110001001101001011011100110000101110010011110010010000001100011011011110110010001100101, or Generation Binary Code, to come together as citizens of the Earth, and will demand better unified economic, social and civil conditions at a global level.

Generation Binary Code will no longer be separated by geographical boundaries nor cultural differences. This generation will create a new world, a world where human beings share the same cultural values and similar reformation demands. A culture of a particular group of people is defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts. And at the moment, Generation Binary Code is defining its own culture and its unified values.

If we are to examine the increasing use of social media networks around the globe, we could observe that 1 in 4 people are active users according to a new eMarketer report, “Worldwide Social Network Users. In addition, eMarketer also estimates that the number of social network users around the world will rise from 1.47 billion in 2012 to 1.73 billion this year, an 18% increase. By 2017, the global social network audience will total 2.55 billion.
A 2.5 billion social media users amount to nearly 30% of the Earth total population, and that number might continue to increase in the coming decade to reach a potential 50% of the earth inhabitants.
Generation Binary Code is increasingly influential, and will peacefully and electronically protest and will digitally fight against a global government that is driven by humachinery greed for more power and control.
Generation Binary Code will certainly take planet Earth to a new level, an unprecedented dimension. Generation Binary Code will bring back planet Earth to its predetermined goal, a planet for every human being.

1 comment:

  1. Social media is a positive tool that creates innovation and empowers people. The Arab spring was made possible with the unlimited power and might of social media! I absolutely agree with this blog, Two thumbs up!