Citizen Media Watch

juni 27th, 2008

Citizen journalism's big impact in Korea

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Interesting piece over at TechnoKimchi on the protests against president Lee Myung-Bak in Korea and how it all came about through citizen journalism:

How did it happen so quickly? This is the fun part. Lee is a very conservative guy, who still believes in ”control”. What he did was, when numerous protests broke out around the country, he basically ordered the media companies ”not to report” to the people about what’s happening. There were police at work, trying to stop the ”peace candlelight” protests, or vigils now called; some police went quite violent, but none to be reported by major broadcasters, newspapers, Internet news sites, or magazines.

But we’re living in the age of Web 2.0. Now people are in control. People that were there became citizen journalists – thousands and thousands. And the force of citizen journalism has grown so immense that basically nobody can stop it now.

One site gathered a stunning 1.5 million signatures to an online call for impeachment. Read the full piece here.


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