Analysis Of Evgeny Morozov's Article Think Again: The Internet

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Evgeny Morozov’s article “Think again: The Internet” describes the expectations people had about the Internet when it first emerged. People expected the Internet to bring a new era of world peace and to shatter the world’s borders. In the author’s eyes, the actual transformation the Internet brought to the world was the simplification of communication, which is available to almost everyone and the emergence of online shopping. His opinion of the Internet is generally negative; he thinks that it is promoting national borders (his example is the access to free books in Norway, which is only available to people residing in Norway, because it is sponsored by the government), which he calls “Splinternet” (Morozov, E. 2010), and that is is killing foreign news due to cutbacks on foreign correspondents. Social Media is a buzzword showing up everywhere, but what exactly is it? It can be defined as a website, that does not just give information to the user, but lets him or her interact with the website as well. Instead of it being a one-way street media outlet like the traditional newspaper, it is a two-way street that enables the user to communicate as well. Merriam-Webster defines it as: “forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos)” (Merriam-Webster, 2014). Examples for social media are YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Instagram, and many more. Evgeny Morozov’s negative opinion about social media’s influence on democratization is understandable based on the time his article was written. The Arab Spring, or as some call it Revolution 2.0, was just at its beginning sta... ... middle of paper ... ...ents in his article “Think again: The Internet”. Social media can spread the idea of democracy quickly and provide education to anyone that has access to the Internet. As shown in various examples, it is also a tool to reach millions in a fast manner and can be used as a tool to organize demonstrations or protests, which can be the first step towards democratization. However, social media is still a new technology that needs to be utilized more effectively, otherwise its influence might not be as large as it could be. As it has in the past, civil society plays a large role in changing a country’s political system. Social media has become a big part of civil society and will continue growing, therefore its influence will grow as well. However, it will take a few years or even decades until we get to see its real effects, just because it is still such a new phenomena.

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