In recent times, there has been a number of uprisings occurring around the world. Two of which occur in Venezuela and in the Ukraine. The trouble in Venezuela appears to stem from a continued struggle in the country. Unfortunately although there is a handful of wealthy people in the country, the majority of the country is in poverty. A revolt has begun partially due to inflation which caused the government to control prices. many uprisings have resulted, including one of students in which the result was 3 people were killed from guns. Social media plays a huge role in this uprising because the late president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez restricted what people can say through regular media about these problems. Peter Wilson states, “Anti-government television stations such as RCTV and Globovision had their licenses revoked, or were forced to undergo changes in ownership.” Therefore, social media is the only way that people can get a uncensored version of the problems going on. Otherwise the only information people would get is whatever the government wants them to know or believe.
Another recent uprising is taking place in Ukraine. Riots have been breaking out in Ukraine because of the fate of the government. Nataliya Vasilyeva says, “The demonstrations were sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision last month to spike the EU deal in favor of closer ties with Russia.” With a new government that is about to be formed, protesters have taken to the streets, barricading the roads and protesting outside of political buildings. I believe one of the things that brought light to the situation was a tweet sent out by a medic who was shot in the neck during one of the struggles. The young woman tweeted that she was dying. This woman’s tweet brought a lot of attention to the issue in Ukraine. There were many re-tweets and people sharing it on other social networks. It made the situation real to those who would never witness the uprisings or even set foot inside of Ukraine. I think this fueled the anger of many, it shows that these issues are not just something to read in the news. These are real people being injured and real lives being lost.
Vasilyeva, N. (2013, Dec 29). Ukraine protests: About 20,000 people protest in kiev. The World Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/29/ukraine-protests_n_4516395.html
Wilson, P. (2014, Feb 19). Social media key for venezuelan protesters. USA Today . Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/02/19/venezuela-uprising-protests/5606899/