The Third Space

// Posted by 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 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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