Social Media & Social Movement
New media Networks as a means of social sharing Networks’ use are increasing every day and the real life has been transformed to the virtual environment. In this new media period the circulation and sharing of information can be provided easier when it is compared to the past and the users can actively share whatever they have. The users as subject can either be the source of the news or the reviewer of that news. This environment not only provides people’s attendance in the aim of such issues like daily news, information or communication but also it provides them to be an active participant in the issues like politics, ideology, economics and culture. The new media networks have a sensational and rapid structure. This new network and reporting have a very dynamic structure that can break down all the rules that have been determined by the order. Social media is such a field that the only editor is yourself while you are publishing the news and there isn’t any self-censorship. Social media is a revolutionary phenomenon revolts against the dominant media and traditional order of the media.
Social media has an active role in most of the social events and hosts a great variety of activities. The new emerging media derivations have an important place in the dissemination of information. Social media tool has brought together both the people and the communities that are organized for the same purpose. It creates an environment that links social movements and accelerate the actions. It has created a media channel in which activists publish their news, actions and their own productions. Social media is highly important and effective for social movements in every country.
Social movements including different forms of regulations, strive for accelerating, preventing or reversing social changes with different strategies of behavior and mobilization. Social movement is a concept which expresses the activities of individuals who are more or less organized and who want convey their aims to the public agenda. The reason for social media emergence is; the participants’ deprivation of the tools that participate in the decision making processes of a party or a political organization as the collective actors. Social movements may occur because of putting pressure on the managers and the lack of a democratic culture system. Generally the actors of social movements are the people who are non-formal and not organized. Social movements depend on social media which sustains and extends the networks. The Arab spring has also demonstrated that online social networks and social media have become a highly important efficient platform for social movements.
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