DIGITAL AMERICA

Thank you, Meghan and students from UR

// Posted by 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 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


Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:

Comments:


Rosatelli said...

Thank you! Many thanks to all of the Tec students for their thoughtful and informative posts and continued commentary. The experiment successfully explored the power of social media in promoting protest movements, but also illuminated the usefulness of discussing these issues and ideas with each other–no matter where we live. So often we are caught up in the day-to-day use of digital technologies that we forget the depth of their abilities as communication tools. The same computer used to FB your friend can be used to discuss culture and civil disobedience with students in another country. When we can introduce and push these digital capabilities, as students often do, we all benefit. Many thanks! – Meghan

// 04/10/2013 at 10:24 am

Celia said...

Thank you so much for all of your work and contributions to our blog! Your students and their work has greatly enhanced our class experience, broadened our horizons, and opened our eyes to a new perspective on preconceived notions. This has been a beneficial experience for us and we are glad to hear it also helped you. Thank you again and also, for accommodating the language barrier so beautifully! Hardly a barrier at all. Best, Celia

// 04/11/2013 at 12:16 am

Vicky said...

Dear Gaby,
Thank you and your class so much for your contributions. It was great to read about the Yo Soy 132 movement and getting an international perspective on the impact of digital social media was both intriguing and refreshing! It is great to see countries such as Mexico embarking on digital revolutions of their own!
Gracias por todo
Vicky

// 04/11/2013 at 11:15 am