With the compilation of the case studies, the team of passionate scholars have collectively suggested as to how interweb social media is shaping our day to day interactions and the global order in terms of activism: networking sites are not a catalyst for revolution. It is through the passions and dedication of citizens that carry out the message of change. But it is the very method of diffusion that has ‘revolutionized’. Each of these social media platforms such as twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have democratic qualities in the sense that anyone who has a mobile phone or a computer has the ability to write about their opinion and their direction of change. Interweb social media is limitless, simple to use, creative, and powerful. It is both intimate: a site can be displayed on a singular screen and the ‘activist’ or ‘journalist’ has the ability to upload and diffuse his or her message yet at the same time a single message can catch on and spread across the world. As seen in our case studies, because of its democratic quality, interweb social media has been able to penetrate through the public sphere (even ones as convoluted and dense as India’s diversity). This is precisely the method of diffusion that Thomas Paine valued: democratic press that is a simple platform so that no singular class of individuals are the only ones empathetic to the message; good media is accessible media. Good media transcends the walls set up by linguistic, regional, socio-economic, gender, ethnic, and religious identity. Good media is both intimate and global. Good media captivates.
Now it is your chance. Go ahead- start a revolution. In 140 characters or less.
From the Academic Activists of The Velvet Carbine.
Starr, Paul. The creation of the media: political origins of modern communications. New York: