Originally Posted by Hap_
Seems to me that free speech is for everyone, but the ability to broadcast that speech to millions of people is the dwindling domain of the rich. Social media I think has gone a long way to empower each of us to spread whatever message we like. If you think about it, the playing field is more level than ever. If it were not so, then how could a grassroots, no money social startup like "Occupy" go into a media war?
you make a good point about social media. however, the problem is that the vast majority still get their authoritative information from the corporate media and only use social media as a way to show off their narcissistic lifestyles. facebook was used in Egypt to organize a revolution. in the US it is used to organize bbqs and post pictures of the bbq, or of kayaking, or of skiing, or of hiking, etc, etc.
the potential for a level playing field is there, and Occupy showed us this possibility. however, i've noticed that when people post something politically or economically important on facebook the post is simply ignored or ridiculed by somebody who thinks facebook should only be used to post narcissistic lifestyle things.
and, if a bigger margin of people in this country began to use it to try to get rid of the corrupted regime who runs this country, i would bet my lunch they would simply destroy the level playing field by passing new laws in the middle of the night that rig it back to their favor.
the problems this country is facing right now is a mix of different phenomena. the failure of the US populace is one them. and the manipulation and control of information by those in power is one of them too.