‘Against brute force and injustice the people shall have the last word, that of victory’ – Che Guevara
To change politics the people in power and be the ones to do so. Ordinary citizens may be able to overthrow a dictatorship, but there will soon be another rigged election. Small countries rules by an iron fist are often the place of political unrest. Within the last 10 years the rise of social media becoming accessible in countries facing political unrest, has meant the message been able to get to the rest of the world.
The most recent and prominent with lasting effects is the Arab Springs in Egypt. Due to unrest amongst people about politics, the youth of Egypt and surrounding countries started posting videos and creating hashtages such as #arabsprings. Bloggers protesting such as Asmaa Mahfouz and Tawakkol Karman have become the faces of the people wanting change. Defying the fact that they are women in societies well known for the oppression of women, they are using social media such as Youtube and blogging to bring the injustices in their respected countries to light.
But does this online presence work in changing politics? Yes in some cases and no in others. Politics, especially corrupt politicians, will always have the dominate power within their country. But it is the collective voices of the people demanding freedom and justice that ultimately shifts the political power. Power to the people.