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Thank you, Meghan and students from UR

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/09/2013 (10:50 PM)

First of all, thank you Dr. Rosatelli for agreeing in making us part of this no-State-or-physical-barriers experiment. My students cannot believe that there was a time where the State acted as an intermediate between two individuals in different countries, for… Read more

First of all, thank you Dr. Rosatelli for agreeing in making us part of this no-State-or-physical-barriers experiment. My students cannot believe that there was a time where the State acted as an intermediate between two individuals in different countries, for instance, just to make an international phone call.

Now, thanks to new IT movements like Wall Street can give a message “urbi et orbi” (to the city and to the world) immediately. Also, we can communicate with people abroad with no one deciding if they allow us to continue with our message or not. To me, this is what I understand by empowering an individual -the chance of expressing yourself, of acting and reuniting with people like you… freely. Of course, you need more than cellphones to succeed. The #Yosoy132 movement didn’t succeed after the July elections as a national, unified movement, but their demands against telecommunications monopolies have been included in the reforms being discussed in our Congress.

As I said in class to my students, I was not surprised by the Arab Spring because in 2004 I witnessed how young people used their cellphones like any young person in the U.S. or Mexico. What surprised me was their demands for democracy, freedoms, and jobs. Maybe I was as ignorant as anybody else about what Egyptian people wanted there, because nobody said what their really wanted because State censorship. Technology helped Egyptian youth to create a political movement and overthrow Hosni Mubarak. That was an autocratic state that no longer exists because once you get freedom, no one can take it back from you.

Thanks again, Meghan, UR and Tec students.

Gaby De la Paz


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Deyanira

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/08/2013 (11:43 PM)

I will discuss the image of Vicky. I really liked the message it conveys the image because it shows our reality. And I agree with you that the media influence people’s opinion and in making public policy decisions.
However,… Read more

I will discuss the image of Vicky. I really liked the message it conveys the image because it shows our reality. And I agree with you that the media influence people’s opinion and in making public policy decisions.
However, the media to not use them properly can cause serious problems for people as ignorance and social stagnation.
Social movements linked to the media and can attract people from all over the world. The media play an important role in the lives of people.
So we must spread the good use of the media where it shows the reality of the facts without hiding the truth, so that people can make good decisions in your life and can transform the world.
It’s amazing to be able to immediately learn of news and a say not only what is happening in our country, but around the world.
Now people can be grouped to a disagreement with his government and make demonstrations to other solutions.
People not longer keep quiet and help the media to get people interested in what happens around them and know their rights.
For example in Mexico social movements drive people to seek solutions to social problems.
Mexico has evolved in the manifestations of social groups in recent years. The social movement was the last I’m 132, by disagreement in the presidential elections of 2012. Here you can see how comicacion media and social movements are linked.
Indigenous movements have also gained power and autonomy. The NGO have supported and defended the rights of Indians.
Social movements are importantesy media are also important and are present in people’s daily life.


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new techonologies and their importance

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/05/2013 (3:24 AM)

Dimitri Acosta García

The arrival of new technologies like telecommunications and cyberspace, in which online communication takes place, has modified the way we interact with the world. Because of this, cultures all over the sphere can share information, news, concerns,… Read more

Dimitri Acosta García

The arrival of new technologies like telecommunications and cyberspace, in which online communication takes place, has modified the way we interact with the world. Because of this, cultures all over the sphere can share information, news, concerns, etc.; in other words, telecommunications and cyberspace have permitted to see the world not only geographically, rather as a global community.

This kind of technologies have contributed to homogenize some cultural aspects and some interests all over the world, which can be seen as a triumph of globalization; but, besides that homogenization, telecommunication and cyberspace can be seen as a tool of social organization, a tool of Democracy.

Mexico and USA are not far away of the reality stated above: social network has been used as a tool of Democracy that, at the same time, has risen the participation of social groups interested in their countries and, particularly, in the decisions of the ones who have the power of decision.

Occupy Wall Street movement, a group of citizens who were dissatisfied with the decisions taken by their president and the financial industry for the crisis of 2008, using social media could mobilize thousands of people all over America, and suddenly spread to other countries, claiming for a “soft regime change”.

In Mexico the situation was not so different than the USA. In the last presidential elections (2012) we were witnesses of the appearance of a bunch of young people called by themselves “#YOSOY132”, who were acquiring importance thanks to the facilities of the internet and the social media.

Another use of the telecommunications and social media is that, besides to be seen as a tool of social organization, can work as an alternative way of communication. Occupy Wall Street and “#YOSOY132” demanded in several occasions that the regular media underestimate their demands and even their presence. That’s why they decided to create their own news and their own information that, later, was seen by thousands thanks to the internet and social media.

USA AND HIS INFLUENCE IN MEXICO

Despite that Mexico is known for its traditions and culture, there’s no doubt about the influence of USA in this country, most precisely, since my point of view, in the northern states, which is not surprising because of its closeness.

TV series, movies, music, food, sports, traditions- like Halloween – are so rooted in Mexican culture. We all listen your singers, eat your food, watch your Hollywood movies and, in particular, I play your national sport every day and I know almost every baseball player in the Majors.

We, as a nation, are one of the most fervent consumers of your products. We buy Iphones once arrived to the country, we eat you crispy cream donuts once put on sale in the market, etc. , nevertheless, we are still proud of our roots as you are of yours.

 

 


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// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/05/2013 (2:08 AM)

Deyanira Garcia A00808135

 

The Occupy Wall Street was a great social movement. People have to change interest in political and economic aspects in their country.

The Occupy Wall Street was a demonstration that succeeded in uniting million Americans and… Read more

Deyanira Garcia A00808135

 

The Occupy Wall Street was a great social movement. People have to change interest in political and economic aspects in their country.

The Occupy Wall Street was a demonstration that succeeded in uniting million Americans and other groups from different countries.

I think that social movements in recent years have gained power, because people have lost their fear to express what he really feels.

People have shown interest in political and economic issues of the country in order to help improve aspects that political leaders are driving the wrong way is often by corruption. The media and social networks are part of social movements.

Today social networks are the most used by people, providing people with information about what is happening in the world. It’s unfortunate that most of the occasions the media only show people little information.

Some political leaders and empersas people simply because important information is information that could cause problems.

I think USA does influence decisions to Mexico primarily by history between the two countries.

USA manages to influence political, economic security and migration.

United States of America has many people of Mexico, this country can promote the rights of these people.

Mexico U.S. influence in the economy by the dependence of the Mexican government to the United States.

And the issue of security is important, the serious crisis of violence that exists in Mexico.

The Obama administration has proposed, for example is the operation Fast and Furious.

I think it’s important for people to become involved in political and social issues in his country. It is important that people stay informed in order to obtain better results in their country.

 


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Social networks and Internet: Shaping new ways of cultural influence

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/05/2013 (2:06 AM)

 

It has been said that perspective has a direct influence in the interpretation of the social processes, but within globalization and the new ways to communicate between actors it has been possible to form a complete panorama before analyzing… Read more

 

It has been said that perspective has a direct influence in the interpretation of the social processes, but within globalization and the new ways to communicate between actors it has been possible to form a complete panorama before analyzing a certain event, sharing information and contrasting viewpoints, the citizenship empowers in order to break any existing barrier and even creating new ways to keep the world moving. In this post, one of the most relevant topics will be discussed, the influence of the internet and non controlled communication media in the power relation between government and population and also the cultural diffusion between nations, where geopolitical divisions are no longer a limitation and oceans don’t seem to stop the flow of information between countries. After reading about the Occupy Wall street movement and the chain reaction it began by including every American suffering the substitution of democratic principles by corporatism I couldn’t avoid relating it with the “Arab spring” we lived back in the presidential campaign months, which has been discussed by other classmates and basically meant the awakening of social actors who never had the chance to express their opinions and that, motivated by the possibility of living in a country where the information could be accessed and criticized, took the streets changing the political game mainly dominated by only one party. I will not insist on explaining the “Yosoy132″ movement, but its effects, which include the new ways of organization and communication that represent a barrier against the power abuses and the change of governance relation, no longer on a vertical hierarchy but on an horizontal cooperation. The open spaces that have surged after everyone noticed there was a need of change, include political debates in social networks, groups of NGO’s analyzing every aspect of a certain public administrator (I participate in one of them), and also a more liberal education with the inclusion of left wing ideology courses and the acknowledgement of the civil rights we possess and the obligations we must accept. The challenge we have been experiencing lately in México is that, no matter how hard society tries to create communication channels with the government, if they don’t accept to share the information about their actions it will be almost impossible to have a prosper political culture. I approach the cultural exchange between México and US as a person who has lived more than 13 years in a border city, where an international bridge separates prosperity from danger, fancy malls and huge convenience stores from drug traffickers and low scholar levels. I have seen the two sides of a coin, where some Mexicans try to emulate the American practices and sincerely admire the social stability and respect for values, listen to your music, sometimes without even understanding their lyrics, and will also be proud to have something bought in the US; I have also heard the other version, the one that refuses to accept that within globalization there will be a tendency to follow the working economy models and by saying that, they accuse the American capitalism for generating an income gap which now exists in our country and will eventually blame the ones in the bottom for feeding the crime machinery and slowing down the progress of the country. It’s all about where we stand, from which perspective you analyze the friendly neighbor, what will make you form an opinion and shape your citizen behavior.

My name is Iván A. Torres (A00515895) and I am so glad of being involved in this activity. I am looking forward for reading your posts and also providing you feedback from my viewpoint. 

 

 


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Movimientos Sociales

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/05/2013 (2:05 AM)

Deyanira Garcia A00808135

 

The Occupy Wall Street was a great social movement. People have to change interest in political and economic aspects in their country.

The Occupy Wall Street was a demonstration that succeeded in uniting million Americans and… Read more

Deyanira Garcia A00808135

 

The Occupy Wall Street was a great social movement. People have to change interest in political and economic aspects in their country.

The Occupy Wall Street was a demonstration that succeeded in uniting million Americans and other groups from different countries.

I think that social movements in recent years have gained power, because people have lost their fear to express what he really feels.

People have shown interest in political and economic issues of the country in order to help improve aspects that political leaders are driving the wrong way is often by corruption. The media and social networks are part of social movements.

Today social networks are the most used by people, providing people with information about what is happening in the world. It’s unfortunate that most of the occasions the media only show people little information.

Some political leaders and empersas people simply because important information is information that could cause problems.

I think USA does influence decisions to Mexico primarily by history between the two countries.

USA manages to influence political, economic security and migration.

United States of America has many people of Mexico, this country can promote the rights of these people.

Mexico U.S. influence in the economy by the dependence of the Mexican government to the United States.

And the issue of security is important, the serious crisis of violence that exists in Mexico.

The Obama administration has proposed, for example is the operation Fast and Furious.

I think it’s important for people to become involved in political and social issues in his country. It is important that people stay informed in order to obtain better results in their country.

 


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The real role of social networks in political activism

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/05/2013 (1:59 AM)

Tec de Monterrey

The real role of social networks in political activism

The Internet and social networks are great aids towards the mobilization of population but not to the extent they have been pictured. For example, in Egypt it is… Read more

Tec de Monterrey

The real role of social networks in political activism

The Internet and social networks are great aids towards the mobilization of population but not to the extent they have been pictured. For example, in Egypt it is important to acknowledge how the information was spread viva voce, citizen to citizen and the possible use of social action networks from the Muslim Brotherhood which are greatly organized unlike other existing powers in these countries.

The situation of Egypt in 2010 had an enormous impact in American citizens, seen from a perspective that Egypt was under a military regime and still they were able to raise their voices and be heard. Meanwhile, in the other side of the world, the Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States, a country which has set itself as a democratic crusader. Due to their freedom of speech, it didn’t seem as something that would be challenging. They needed to get their message to the population, here is where the media plays an important role especially social networks because television and newspaper’s are controlled by power elites that would most likely not support the movement in order to maintain their self interests.

Furthermore, the US also has the Tea Party movement from 2009 that received great coverage and coverage from main television and radio networks from the radical and conservative spectrum. The movement became popular within middle age people, mainly white men located in the suburbs in districts historically associated with the Republican Party. The movement, which was initiated within the middle class, had an immediate support directly and indirectly by diverse economic groups and Political conservative elites. Elites that had long ties with different industries, deriving from health insurance industries to defence contractors. At the same time, it extended its consensus foundation towards the lower sector of society. This example shows a clear pattern of interests of the media elite in the United States.

Conversely, in Mexico a social movement lead by young students, called #YoSoy132 took great advantage of the use of media within social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. This was done to raise awareness regarding the Mexican vote in federal elections because big television networks and newspapers controlled by power spheres only move towards their own economic interests with specific Political parties.

As conclusion,  Mexico has been influenced by the United States in a great deal of aspects, mainly because of the geographic closeness and the good diplomatic and commercial relations within the two. These relations allow the great consumption of American products and the high number of American businesses in Mexico. Likewise we are also influenced by television series, newscasts and movies.

by Luis Alberto Gutierrez Murillo A01215632


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Mexico-US relationship through information technologies

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/05/2013 (1:53 AM)

Today is the growth of internet services within Mexico has led to a greater openness to various forms of acculturation, due to the ease with which information can be obtained as a result of the little control (if it exists)… Read more

Today is the growth of internet services within Mexico has led to a greater openness to various forms of acculturation, due to the ease with which information can be obtained as a result of the little control (if it exists) in our country on internet access. This greater openness to this information network has allowed a greater connection various external cultures, the main United States, due to the significant amount of information from this country, effect that could be noted in different areas or sectors of the population, as you can find everything from academic information, such as the pages of universities to endless entertainment pages, such as music, TV shows, movies, or YouTube, among others.
Besides this include social networks, which have gained great importance in recent years. This are visited mainly by young people, and have increased their influence and power of mobilization and participation, such as movements for political purposes, such as “Yo soy 132”, at the local level, and the known influence they have had over the world, and its influence on the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, the movement of the unemployed in Spain, or the student movements on Chile.
However it is important to note that this process has brought culturally while the Mexican population with the United States, this does not happen the same way in all social strata, and that the higher the income, the greater is this acculturation because they have better access to and from an early age to various technologies, and also have access to private services, such as product purchases, and subscriptions to websites. This does not mean that this process had begun on recent years, since the sectors best positioned economically have always had a greater inclination towards Anglo-American culture, this can be seen from dress, music, products consumed, until life expectancy. This whole process is accelerated from Mexico’s entry into NAFTA in 1994, which opened the set for the entry of products and businesses from the United States, and then the boom of information technologies, including the Internet, as well as processes of globalization, which close our cultures in ways never seen before.

Rodolfo Sauceda Rivera 1089313


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COMMUNICATION THROUGH BORDERS

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/05/2013 (1:32 AM)

COMMUNICATION THROUGH BORDERS

Frida Villa S.

The scientific and technological methods are now much more effective and increase the chance of generating more knowledge and communication in a world that seems to go in front of us, forcing us… Read more

COMMUNICATION THROUGH BORDERS

Frida Villa S.

The scientific and technological methods are now much more effective and increase the chance of generating more knowledge and communication in a world that seems to go in front of us, forcing us to chase, technological speed in which we are immersed not always give us time to reflect and meanwhile, telecommunications make it through all boundaries as with the movement “Ocupy Wall Street”.
As a result, this rate in Mexico that are impacting culture and other actions that are part of our private daily life, should be analyzed if we do not want to fail in the main objective of the communication and the skills and competencies that are generated and are necessary to function in a technological society.
The increasing diversification of the media industries, globalization of business activities and the development of new communication technologies, such as the Internet, have led to the formation of huge interest based on the dissemination of information that extend across Mexico and many parts of directing messages to countless homes irreversibly changing the ways in which they arise, transmit and receive events, news or information to our society.
It is also important not to forget the role that politics plays in this age of mass communication because it is inseparable from the art of managing the imformation that influences so crucial in ideologies in Mexico.
Ideology operates in a variety of contexts of everyday life, from common conversations between friends until cast in major speeches best television schedules.
Personally I think it is important to diversify and influence of the media in the ideologies and must be easily seen as beyond any physical and ideological borders and influence aspects of daily life that become normal for that degree that we do not even notice them, a clear and immediate example is the language, and that English can be somewhat normal at least in the vicinity of many students, another example of the scope of communication through borders is the how we are communicating at this time.


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The third space and US influence

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/05/2013 (1:29 AM)

Andrea Bermúdez

In many ways Mexican culture has evolved. Since our colonization by Spanish troops, we have become a mixture of different civilizations that go from Aztecs and Mayans, to even Europeans. During the last decade technological revolution has changed… Read more

Andrea Bermúdez

In many ways Mexican culture has evolved. Since our colonization by Spanish troops, we have become a mixture of different civilizations that go from Aztecs and Mayans, to even Europeans. During the last decade technological revolution has changed every paradigm we had, and has turned our little local issues, into matters of global interest, and it shows.Certainly the process of globalization is speeded by the increasing use of internet, not only in fully developed countries but also in developing countries such as Mexico, Egypt, Libya, Syria, etc. Everybody is interconnected, and whatever happens in one corner of the world is almost immediately acknowledged in the rest of it.We have several examples such as Occupy Wall Street, The Arab Spring, and in the Mexican case YoSoy132. So after analyzing the effects of the internet, we can say that it didn’t create something new among society, it only empowered people to actually make some sort of pressure to economic and political powers.Unfortunately in countries like Mexico not everybody has got access to reliable information sources, and by this I don’t mean everything on the internet is true, but at least it gives people the chance to compare and decide what to believe.Talking a little bit more on the case of YoSoy132, we can say that this specific event changed completely the way the government looked at their people, cause they were so used to never been interrogated. Everybody knew that the next president was going to be chosen not by the civilians but by external forces. Then the presidential candidate went to a university and caused a fuss amongst students who knew the truth of his backgrounds. Despite the effort of certain people to inform others, this led to nothing. However it taught us something as a society; the government will not improve if people don’t participate in a more active way.This is a clear example of the influence of the internet and interaction between people from various places all over the world, since the main ideas that led the movement were taken from the Arab spring, and in the same way this was inspired by some other.And now talking about the influence of the US in Mexico, this couldn’t be clearer. The ideal of life that comes from the northern border of the country has become the goal of many people. In my very personal opinion this isn’t really positive since our conditions are quite different, and since people can’t always reach this ideal of life, they fail causing some sort of social discontent, which increases the social gap in the strata.But the influence in almost every aspect of our day by day living is undeniable; economical, and political decision are made according to the US policies, trying not to damage the relations between the two countries. Maybe that’s why we´re the so called US backyard.


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Influence of USA in México

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/05/2013 (12:42 AM)

Here’s the link to watch the video where we share our personal experience towards the influence that USA has in México.

Participants:
Daviana Torres Caballero
Stephani Rivera Santoscoy

Here’s the link to watch the video where we share our personal experience towards the influence that USA has in México.

Participants:
Daviana Torres Caballero
Stephani Rivera Santoscoy


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Media and globalization: new ways of intercultural approach

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/05/2013 (12:16 AM)

Estefanía Priego Martínez  806273

TEC DE MONTERREY

 

Media and globalization: new ways of intercultural approach

 

In the last decade a series of unprecedented technological innovations within the field of communication have been taking place. Tools like twitter, facebookRead more

Estefanía Priego Martínez  806273

TEC DE MONTERREY

 

Media and globalization: new ways of intercultural approach

 

In the last decade a series of unprecedented technological innovations within the field of communication have been taking place. Tools like twitter, facebook and YouTube allow us to know what is happening across the world in seconds. Thanks to the Internet and these platforms mass gatherings are possible. A clear example is Occupy Wall Street in New York and the Movement #yosoy132 worldwide. The media showed pictures and videos of Mexicans in France, Germany, Italy, and other European countries that supported this movement hard. Young South Americans joined the cause showing their support through social networks and the movement became a global phenomenon.

 

There are great advantages in using these new media breaking frontiers of language and nationality. However, it is important to discern what is a new and what an opinion is. I am a student of journalism and media and one of the main responsibilities is to maintain social ethics. Social networks are mostly full of comments, opinions, manipulated information that is not based on solid arguments that leads to create stereotyping, fear-mongering, among other confounding factors.

 

Influence of American culture on Mexican culture

 

Developing countries are strong influenced by first world countries, such as the U.S. with his neighbor Mexico.

This influence can be noticed in different areas, in entertainment activities as an example:

  • Sports: in Mexico NFL games are religiously followed, young men bear their Yankees cap at school, parties, and department stores. Athletes such as LeBron James or Tom Brady are the heroes of kids in many Mexican cities, from north to south.
  • Music: Musical phenomena as Lady Gaga sold out in a few days during their tours in Mexican cities. Rappers such as Lil Wayne, Eminem, Jay-Z, are heard in most of the northern regions of the country and even imitated by many young people in their dressing.
  • Cinema:  Movies streamed in Mexican cinemas are almost entirely from Hollywood. Everybody watches the Oscar’s awards and Mexican fashion magazines base their trends on northamerican famous stars.
  • Traveling: New York, Los Angeles or Miami are strongly desired destinations in the Mexican upper class. Monterrey citizens take advantage of the proximity with Texas in order to go shopping to San Antonio, McAllen or El Paso.
  • Reading: Mexican intellectuals read The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, Foreign Affairs, The Huffington Post, among other prestigious worldwide media from the U.S.

 

 


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Americanization in Northern Mexico

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/05/2013 (12:12 AM)

Javier Carrera

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Americanization in  Northern Mexico

We eat, breath, speak, see, hear and live the American culture, in Mexican soil. Monterrey, just a couple of miles south of Texas, is the epicenter of Americanization in Mexico, we not only… Read more

Javier Carrera

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Americanization in  Northern Mexico

We eat, breath, speak, see, hear and live the American culture, in Mexican soil. Monterrey, just a couple of miles south of Texas, is the epicenter of Americanization in Mexico, we not only believe we are more “civilized” and the rest of Mexico, we are educated to believe so.

When my Americans friends come to visit me from West Virginia, they couldn’t believe their eyes, how American the city was: skyscrapers, cars (of course) and we have fridge and electric power (I am not lying), and Starbucks and McDonald’s, in everyone corner, they were somewhat disappointed they weren’t living the true Mexico.

In the northern Mexican society, America is a place to look upon to, we are so influence to by whatever the US says or does, and their way of live. For example, take Monterrey Tech, founded by Eugenio Garza Sada, a prominent Mexican business entrepreneur, after the American college system, and the campus itself resembles so much the MIT, the Alma Matter of Garza Sada. We need to know English to get our degree, even if the language is of no use in the field, the school promotes far more the football team than the soccer team, we are encourage to go abroad, to embrace business, English propaganda from the school is everywhere and the image is too, and not to say they are shifting from Spanish courses, to an all-English major by 2015 or so. And this is only in the school, the leader of the college-system in Mexico, and whatever it does, is quickly follow by the other.

Back in my house, the American culture is everywhere to be seen, both my parents are US educated, and they educated my siblings and me with a curious mix of Americanism and Mexican values. My mom is what can we said is a “soccer mom”, an ultra-modern independent woman with not much time for anything, she watches American TV show hits like Drop Dead Diva, Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives and The Law and Order, and listens to American 70’s hits music. She runs her own business (a small child daycare), and spends her nights with her friends, and don’t get me started on Facebook. My dad is more “intellectual” but on the American scope also, he reads a lot of American authors, watches History Channel, Discovery and NatGeo, he throws some slangs from time to time, and uses American history, examples and American law, when he tries to teach us something, and always, always compares the Mexican political system with the American one, but being the grandson of a revolutionary hero, he also tends to be ultranationalist Mexican, he of course gets angry when the US denies their responsibility in the War Against Drugs, he doesn’t like that much the American unilaterism and also the monopolistic abusive practices from US corporations and the Us government subsidies to crops and agriculture (my dad is a cattle rancher).

And my friends, they are the living image of Cindy la Regia (a fictional character mocking the Monterrey way of life), they are of course American educated (they attended the American School Foundation Monterrey), they dressed like an American, the love gossip girl, ¾ of the words they speak is in English, they can easily be confused by an American girl when in the US, and my male friends they don’t lag behind, they (we) all speak English, and we watch American shows, the root for out favorite NFL teams, we paly beer pong, we listen to American Hits, and we can wait to vacation in the US.

The way the American culture has penetrated the Mexican and my life got a push from the internet, back in the day, I watched the American shows translated (poorly) by the local TV, the movies, we only watched the ones approved by the government, and I had little contact with people from foreign lands. Now that I own and iPhone and have all-time Internet anywhere, everything I want to know is just one click away. I don’t care if the government bans a movie for “attempting” to religion or anything, I just get online and there is. The news and situations that are happening, I just get on twitter and that’s it, all the info I need, when I needed it is right there, even when I studied abroad, I still felt a home, Skype call to my friends, read the local newspaper online, follow my friends lives by Facebook, is like I even was there! No more hard time as my parents use to write letter an took them months to get a response, I just get on Whatsapp and text my friends in the Netherlands, that easy. The government has so little tools to follow all the online users and track the things we are doing, and the way the jurisdictions of the law in the cyberspace are  much more easy to evade.

The traditional media and the old-ways for the government to control the people are gone, the internet is so intricate in our lives that we think we are entitled to it, and we are far more aware of our rights than the people of the South, you see, Mexico can be said is two countries in one, the industrialized north and the rural south, which one you think is more Americanized? You guessed right, the North, not only by our closeness to the US, but we have grown with some of the hardships the Americans have grown with, the North was populated by outcasts back in the colonial era, in early-Mexico, the north was ignored by the central government for our lack of resources and military place, so we have to stand by our own, the Southerner people are more used to have a paternalist government, as we can see the socialist-style governments that rule the south, than the north, which we are more “Americans” in the sense that we know everything we need to succeed is in us, and we don’t expect the government to be there for us all the time.  Even the Mexican constitution is a weird mix of socialist ideals (every Mexican is entitle to a house, healthcare, education and work, consecrated in 1917), and some really capitalist fundamentals (anti-trust laws, freedom of speech), they all get combined to create this complex scenario.

The American culture is present in every moment in my life, when I talk to my friends we throw American jokes and stuff like that, I even have an American boyfriend. Never before I realized how Americanized my life is, even the laptop I am writing is an Apple, but the fact that my parents and more my dad never forgets is culture, it makes me something sort of a Mexican with American Values, I cherish the values the Americans cherish, freedom of speech, free trade, but I try to put them in the Mexican context, I think we are in the political time the US was back in the late 1800’s, but the internet and our connections to America (like this) and to the worlds is making this change and Americanization for better of worse far more faster that we ever expected.


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The Internet in politics

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/04/2013 (8:14 PM)

Gabriela Lozano Garza

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The Internet in politics

The decentralized network of networks, commonly known as the Internet, has revolutionized the political arena in many states such as Mexico and the United States. It has enabled a new… Read more

Gabriela Lozano Garza

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The Internet in politics

The decentralized network of networks, commonly known as the Internet, has revolutionized the political arena in many states such as Mexico and the United States. It has enabled a new type of political activism allowing citizens with access to participate through the sharing of information.  This type of activism has multiple localities that are digitally interconnected at a local, regional, national, or global scale. Even though political frontiers exist, the Internet allows a fast and direct interstate circulation of information, which facilitates a movement’s organization. It is important to consider that technology itself cannot produce outcomes. It takes great human effort to spread ideas and guide a movement towards the aspired course.

As stated above, the Internet has given means by which citizens can be aware and get involved in the politics of their country. People who weren’t politically aware due to a lack of information can now obtain information instantly, and share it as easily as they got it.  A clear example is the Occupy Wall Street movement in the U.S., and the Yo Soy 132 movement in Mexico. Both were initiated by a small group of people, and used the Internet to spread the word, inform, organize and strategize the movement. It is clear that the Yo Soy 132 was somewhat inspired in the U.S. Occupy Wall Street movement; nevertheless I believe that it wasn’t intentional because it was the logical thing to do. The organization and spreading of the movement through the Internet was the cheapest, fastest, and easiest way to strategize a reaction and disapproval against Mexico’s actual president Enrique Peña Nieto.

Occupy Wall Street movement is evidently an example of how online activism can turn, not only local issues into global issues, but global issues into local ones. The Internet substituted traditional media by which information circulated, creating a non-filtered information stream. In my opinion, the Yo Soy 132 movement in Mexico didn’t have much success as Occupy Wall Street because there’s a small percentage of the Mexican population that has Internet access; therefore, traditional media in Mexico today has a greater impact and extent than non-traditional media such as the Internet.

Both the Occupy Wall Street movement, as well as the Yo Soy 132 movement, are initial indicators that the Internet and other telecommunications have opened a new type of activism via media resources. What we must ask ourselves is how will global media change citizenship and its influence in politics in the short-term future.

 


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The Internet in politics

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/04/2013 (8:11 PM)

Gabriela Lozano Garza

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The Internet in politics

The decentralized network of networks, commonly known as the Internet, has revolutionized the political arena in many states such as Mexico and the United States. It has enabled a new… Read more

Gabriela Lozano Garza

A01190230

The Internet in politics

The decentralized network of networks, commonly known as the Internet, has revolutionized the political arena in many states such as Mexico and the United States. It has enabled a new type of political activism allowing citizens with access to participate through the sharing of information.  This type of activism has multiple localities that are digitally interconnected at a local, regional, national, or global scale. Even though political frontiers exist, the Internet allows a fast and direct interstate circulation of information, which facilitates a movement’s organization. It is important to consider that technology itself cannot produce outcomes. It takes great human effort to spread ideas and guide a movement towards the aspired course.

As stated above, the Internet has given means by which citizens can be aware and get involved in the politics of their country. People who weren’t politically aware due to a lack of information can now obtain information instantly, and share it as easily as they got it.  A clear example is the Occupy Wall Street movement in the U.S., and the Yo Soy 132 movement in Mexico. Both were initiated by a small group of people, and used the Internet to spread the word, inform, organize and strategize the movement. It is clear that the Yo Soy 132 was somewhat inspired in the U.S. Occupy Wall Street movement; nevertheless I believe that it wasn’t intentional because it was the logical thing to do. The organization and spreading of the movement through the Internet was the cheapest, fastest, and easiest way to strategize a reaction and disapproval against Mexico’s actual president Enrique Peña Nieto.

Occupy Wall Street movement is evidently an example of how online activism can turn, not only local issues into global issues, but global issues into local ones. The Internet substituted traditional media by which information circulated, creating a non-filtered information stream. In my opinion, the Yo Soy 132 movement in Mexico didn’t have much success as Occupy Wall Street because there’s a small percentage of the Mexican population that has Internet access; therefore, traditional media in Mexico today has a greater impact and extent than non-traditional media such as the Internet.

Both the Occupy Wall Street movement, as well as the Yo Soy 132 movement, are initial indicators that the Internet and other telecommunications have opened a new type of activism via media resources. What we must ask ourselves is how will global media change citizenship and its influence in politics in the short-term future.

 


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American Influence on México has a lot of impact in northern cities

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/04/2013 (8:01 PM)

México is known for its rich culture, delicious food, and mariachi. Besides the strong roots that México has, the influence of other countries is always there, starting with the Spanish colonization that is notable in many ways, on the past… Read more

México is known for its rich culture, delicious food, and mariachi. Besides the strong roots that México has, the influence of other countries is always there, starting with the Spanish colonization that is notable in many ways, on the past decades with the improvement of transportation and communication México and united States have become closer. Thousands of Mexicans from all over the country immigrate to the states every year to get a better job and a better life quality. The perfect example of the fusion of culture is California; the first thing you see as you cross the border is Mexican people working in different places. It is really interesting to see this because sometimes you speak to them in Spanish and they answer you in English; normally you think that if they are from México they should know Spanish but because they are born and raised in the US a lot of them only speak English, and understand basic Spanish. Also, cultural blend stands out amongst many other ethnic groups living in the USA. The United States is a country of many cultures, which through immigrants had an influence on the unique combination that America is today. And that unique culture flows into our country and affects the lifestyles, eating habits, clothing, politics, and music of México. It is very interesting that on México the location of the city it has a lot to do with the culture and the American influence. The cities that are closer to the border usually use English words on the Spanish language, or some of them speak “pocho” that is a way of speaking that combines almost equally both languages. It is impressive the impact that living near the frontier has on the Mexican society. As soon as fast food restaurants started growing in México they became very popular; in my opinion Mexican are fascinated with the American culture and sometimes we do stuff, or buy thing that has all the roots in American culture and we don’t even realize it.

Mónica Tarriba


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The Third Space

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/04/2013 (7:21 PM)

 

For our generation information about the happenings in the world , our country, city and neighborhood is available as easy as “googling” it. This has made it much easier to know what is going on politically, economically, socially and… Read more

 

For our generation information about the happenings in the world , our country, city and neighborhood is available as easy as “googling” it. This has made it much easier to know what is going on politically, economically, socially and culturally around the globe, and of course influences our everyday life. When people organize in Egypt and protest against a cruel dictator we now have the options to read not only the official newspaper statements (and trust that that they are accurate in describing what is going on), but we have access to first-hand statements from activists and victims in the movements. This is thanks to the social networks, like Twitter and Facebook.

When SOPA and PIPA threatened the freedom of speech in Internet, our generation found about it in social network pages like 9Gag and Facebook in Mexico. We didn’t hear it from the news, but we saw what people from the US and Europe published and vehemently rejected it through the social network pages. Surely, this virality had an impact on Congress, because people became aware what these laws encompassed and there representatives listened. When in Mexico a similar bill was trying to introduced, and having learnt from the US example, we also protested on the Internet.

On the more cultural side, there is also a notable impact of the US cyber space in Mexico. Videos like the “Harlem Shake” become viral in our country after being a phenomenon in the US, as well as the use of the Guy Fawkes mask not only on Halloween, but in protests in Mexico.

Anonymous also influences Mexican life. The group has shut down several times official government pages, as well as defending reporters threatened by brutal drug dealers.

I can conclude with all certainty that people who access on a regulary basis social network sites are influenced by American culture. We frequent the American fast food places, listen to videos on youtube from US singers, drive cars we see from US commercials and on the brighter side, start organizing our social protests on Twitter and Facebook, just like Occupy Wall Street. In Mexico we had “#Yo soy 132”.


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The Influence of USA in Mexico

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/04/2013 (7:11 PM)

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Internet, medias, communications, and many other ways to unify people, its a new and powerful weapon to the people. But this works in both ways since the power may also come to the govermente as… Read more

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Internet, medias, communications, and many other ways to unify people, its a new and powerful weapon to the people. But this works in both ways since the power may also come to the govermente as well. The Ocuupy Wall Street movemet its a perfect example of the power of the technologies and communications on this days, the way in which the  author of the Rolling Stone magazine, describes how the progression of the number of people goes up, its just a perfect description of the power of communications. It doest matter if the information its about culture, religion, politics or any other topic, the information can flow and take down any boarder. How I said, this its a powerful weapon for politics as well since they can spread their ideas in a most effective way, last years elections in Mexico are a perfect example on the way that politicas parties enjoy and also suffer because of communications. It was easier for the to spread their ideas and get into another type  of voting people like the youth in Mexico as a perfect example, the college students or any other degree with the age to vote, all of this young population was of great importance during the elections, more as in any other elections. One of the negative way in which political parties suffer in Mexico was because of the egative propaganda civilians made to each of the parties, expressing their own political ideas or their opinions of the candidates, the best example of this kind of negatives against the political parties was the movemente “Yo soy 132″ which gain a really great reputation all around the country and also in many others.

In the topic about the influence of USA over Mexico, well its really simple im looking at my television and all I can see its Movies, Series, Products, and many other things from the United States, and actually its great, we all love the United States merchandise , but theres the problem with our identity, our traditions and our culture its chaging with every generation, even the way in which we talk or the stores we buy in. Of course im talking from a city which its really near one of the boarders with USA but the influence its running all over the country. The USA influence in Mexico its good because is show us the gratnees of that nation and the culture on the neighboor country but its also really dangerous to our traditions and identity.


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Politics 2.0

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/04/2013 (12:47 PM)

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From time to time the way we communicate has changed, it is now possible to communicate with someone who is across the world in seconds without having to wait until you get a letter, as… Read more

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From time to time the way we communicate has changed, it is now possible to communicate with someone who is across the world in seconds without having to wait until you get a letter, as well as the way we communicate has also changed the way we receive news, the way we connect and now everything is on the new website is called 2.0.
The interesting thing about Web 2.0 is that we ignore the need to inform us in media or newspapers, know the facts in the seconds pass and 2.0 is that the network is being fed by the same people, anyone can publish information without have to be supported by someone from the comfort of the facts you can tell the world what is happening.
In Mexico there is the case of the student movement # YoSoy132 that unknown people are mobilized via social networks in minutes ITAM students raised their voices of dissent in seconds and university students across the country rallied to his cause.
A clear example in our neighbor to the north is the Occupy Wall Street where for social networks also agreed to occupy Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan in New York City, here was a discontent over economic problems and equally in social networks agreed to come to this movement.
While this new way of doing things in the world where anyone can publish information and go around the world, that’s why the way we digest the content is changing and it took us days, hours or weeks to learn information.
Hopefully this type of disclosure is used to achieve major social and not alone to learn of the news faster, to get people to mobilize in favor of a move and not to make bad committed


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The influence of USA and internet in Mexican Culture

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/04/2013 (3:50 AM)

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The influence of a country and internet in Mexican Culture

The influence that internet has had in numerous movements such as Occupy Wall Street in U.S.A has changed the way people organize. Internet offers the opportunity… Read more

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The influence of a country and internet in Mexican Culture

The influence that internet has had in numerous movements such as Occupy Wall Street in U.S.A has changed the way people organize. Internet offers the opportunity to interact with others, no matter the place they are. The new social networks that emerged from internet have become an important tool that helped the Occupy Wall Street movement to expand and invite others to join them, as an example is the hashtag in twitter #ocuppywallstreet, they could get noticed, then many people like students, intellectuals and workers went out to the principal avenue of New York, with the slogan that describes what the movement wanted: “Democracy not corporatrocacy”.

The movements of the Arab Spring are other examples of the influence that internet plays in organizing these people that want a change in their countries; the Arabian people did not want a totalitarian government anymore. In Mexico emerged the movement #YoSoy132 before the presidential elections of 2012, it started  at the Universidad Iberoamericana located in Mexico City, after the candidate Enrique Peña Nieto gave a speech there. The movement was organized by students; they did not want the return of the party that for around six decades ruled the country, also the candidate Peña Nieto had a questionable background. After all they did not achieve their objectives, Peña Nieto was elected president. But one thing that is important is that the movement changed the perspective of many people that use internet and pressured the actual president to do his job in a different way, the results would be shown during his period of governance. The movement was influenced by the others that took place in countries like USA or Spain.

Influence of USA in Mexican culture

USA is a neighbor country of Mexico also USA is one of the major world powers, that is why it has an influence in Mexico. As an examples:  here in Mexico we can find many stores from USA, moreover most of the people prefer to consume brands that are made in United States, before consuming products that are made in their own country. As the society is becoming more and more global each day because of new technologies of information, they also contributes to be influenced other cultures, and of course the more powerful a country is, the more influence it would play. Internet also influenced in the lifestyle of other countries, because it gives you the opportunity to interact with numerous cultures in a simply way.


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Internet and the influence of USA

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/02/2013 (9:00 PM)

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1. The third space

Internet has been classified as part of a third space. This concept is related to a community building. It refers to social surroundings separated from the two usual social… Read more

Jessica A. Pool Márquez     A00806205

1. The third space

Internet has been classified as part of a third space. This concept is related to a community building. It refers to social surroundings separated from the two usual social environments: home and the workplace. In this way Internet has become in a new place to interact with other people, we have created a virtual world.

The possibility of having access to vast amounts of information and getting to know other people that share problems and objectives similar to ours has created a new concept of citizenship. Internet has enabled a new type of cross-border politics where blogs, Facebook and twitter are important places to discuss and change points of view. Throughout these last years, Internet has proven to have the capacity to enhance democracy. Individuals can easily become participants in electronic networks. This produces a specific kind of activism, one centered on multiple localities yet connected digitally at scales larger than local, often reaching a global scale.

We have as examples of this the Occupy Wall Street in USA or the YoSoy132 movement in Mexico, that where inspired by the Arab Spring movements. People could share ideas and see what was happening in other regions of the world and even share a sense of empowerment.

In this way, people could become activists and could develop networks for circulating information and inviting the engage to other people to this cause. This involved both virtually activism and activism in nondigital environments. That is the power of Internet: nonstate actors can gain visibility as individuals or as groups. So politics have more sense beyond the state.

2. Influence of USA

United States as our neighbor definitively has influence in our cultural, political and economic issues. Is in this way that we depend significantly on its policy decisions and economic status, a reflection of this is the immigrants and their remittances. So there exists a significant dependence into neighboring.

Regarding culture Mexico has been highly influenced by the United States. We have particular holidays such as Halloween that we bring and instill in our families. Mexico has adopted in some way the American way of life. This can be seen in many aspects of our lives. We enjoy listening to music from American singers; we watch their TV series and movies and we have even adopted the American fast food as hamburgers (we enjoy going to McDonald’s for example), pizzas, French fries and Coke. All these created for the mass communication and advertising. TV and Internet have helped to the American culture permeate our society.

These can also be applied to politics where we have our ideas of good government and we raise the flag of democracy.

These effects have both positive and negative impact in our societies. Between the positive, I think it has enrich our own culture and has broaden our level of understanding of other societies. Between the negative ones can be the fact that in order to achieve this American way of life we have put aside our own essence. For example, when we celebrate Halloween instead of the Day of Dead.

As a conclusion I would like to point out that the internet and virtual networks have become important for our daily life and even have broaden the meaning of citizenship. But it is important to realize that the real citizenship the one that really have impact in social decisions should be done on field. Internet should be only the mean. Regarding the relation Mexico-United States I think the similarities between the two countries will continue expanding and permeating more aspects of each other societies. Internet will increase its importance in making them even closer and able to find innovative solution to their common problems.


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Influence through Internet and Tradicional Media

// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/02/2013 (6:56 PM)

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It is undeniable to say that Internet has become an element of big importance in the dynamics of the everyday life. Resources such as Facebook and Twitter (being incorporated from the American culture) have taken a very… Read more

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It is undeniable to say that Internet has become an element of big importance in the dynamics of the everyday life. Resources such as Facebook and Twitter (being incorporated from the American culture) have taken a very important role in many aspects of my life. Social networks have done more than just facilitating the keeping in touch with friends from the past or from abroad. They now serve as a communication tool with classmates, friends and family. They help people find a job or find where to go on a Friday night. And especially in the violence situation that Mexico has been facing in the past few years, these tools have helped people to find out where the armed conflicts where taking place.

Different international movements such as the Occupy Wall Street or the Arab Spring, have shown how the physical frontiers can be ignored by using the Internet to spread ideas, gather people and make pressure to achieve a certain change of public policies or governmental regimes. In my opinion, the impact of the Internet in this type of events depends on many factors, being the number of people with Internet access a very important one. Reading the analysis of the case of the Occupy Wall Street movement it was evident that most of the participants had access to Internet in order for them to join the movement in New York City, with the only exception of the homeless men and the people with mental health problems that joined the movement for different reasons. The countries involved during the Arab Spring don’t have as much people with access to Internet as the United States, but their numbers were high enough to produce a widespread of the messages at least on the main cities.

I would like to illustrate the importance of the Internet coverage with what happened in Mexico during the 2012 presidential election campaign. Students from different universities around Mexico formed the #YoSoy132 movement opposing the candidate from the PRI, Enrique Peña Nieto, and his relation with the Mexican media in order to promote an authentic democracy. The movement grew in a fast pace throughout Mexico and gain support from people around the globe. However, the effort made by this movement was not strong enough to avoid the results of the elections that made Enrique Peña Nieto win. From my point of view, the main reason for this was that the #YoSoy132 campaign was done mostly through the Internet network, and in Mexico, only about 12% of the population has access to Internet. And since the #YoSoy132 was opposing the traditional media companies, which reach every part of Mexico, the traditional communication channels showed to be more influential on the elections than the Internet.

In my opinion, American culture has an influence on other cultures, but not only due to the presence of the Internet. I think the American way of life is still spread by more traditional channels such as Hollywood, television programs, and the presence of U.S. companies. In my case, as a music fan, Internet has helped me stay more in touch with American rock bands (or English singing bands) that through Facebook or Twitter post their information about tours, new releases or activities. Nevertheless, if I have a certain interest on this style of music it is rather because I first knew these artists on the radio or on the TV and in most cases, not on the Internet.


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