- Irfan Keshavjee
Founder - Karibu Homes Initiative, Karibu Homes Initiative
The combination of Wikileaks Facebook & Al Jazeera have created a world where "the power of the people is stronger than the people in power"
Wikileaks alerts the people, Facebook connects them, Journalists cameras protect them, and the morality of the virtual world can spill over to the real world.
In generic terms, Wikileaks alerts an individual to the wrongdoings of a person in power, the individual shares their feelings on Facebook where they unexpectedly find others who feel the same way, sharing the same disappointments, and who desire the same change. Unfortunately they fear the response of an authoritarian regime if they were to hit the street together in demonstration.
But hold on... Al Jazeera's reporters are on the ground, with cameras showing the world what the regimes response is... the people are protected. As one Tahrir Square demonstrator said: "if you take away the cameras, we'll have a genocide". At this point, the universal values shared in the virtual world spill over into the real world and they decide to demonstrate... And then? The regime is held back from using force, if they do, the world will know, and if they try an underground movement, Wikileaks will probably find out too. Rinse, repeat.
These emerging news-makers have more influence than ever before, and need to think deeply as they ‘manufacture consent’ of the masses. As we’ve seen in Egypt & Libya, the implications are revolutionary. The role of the media in this quiet revolution?
Publicize the problems, Protect the people, police the perpetrators.