2008 South Korean candlelight vigil

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2008 South Korean candlelight vigil

Post by elevenoclock_kyungAOh » Thu May 26, 2011 5:48 am

Could a politician take control of Korea today, the same way Park Jung Hee took control?

To answer this question, I think, we should take a close look at how so many middle and high school students were able to share and report the news about mad cow disease in Korea, on May, 2008. They used text messages and the Internet to organize themselves.
According to statistics of the Joongang Ilbo, thousands of teenagers were networking through Daum Agora exchanging news and personal opinions actively. Then, they stopped just talking and took to the street with candlelight. Thanks to the high-speed wireless Internet, they were able to play a role as “citizen reporters”. They conducted interviews, took photos, and uploaded videos to their blogs and Internet forums.

The candlelight vigil shows new communication system different from representative communication, ‘expressive communication’. The digital technology such as Web 2.0 and mobile phone cameras makes the expressive public space in which all of citizens can exchange news and thoughts in real time. So, no politician can take control of the communication today, the same way Park Jung Hee took control in mass media with representative communication.

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