I would like to discuss the influence and impact of creative, digital and social media within these movements. Also, it’s usefulness as a mechanism of expression and identity.
I would also like to find out it’s limitations and how best these campaigns can mobilise themselves forward and maximize the use of creative media.
Firstly, there are many successful, well written and researched news sources within both of these campaigns and that spur on the movements and mobilisation of people. They are often spread through social media via Twitter, Facebook and blogs.
There are Facebook group pages, that share information on the Irish water situation, share videos from their mobile phones and share and organise protest dates.
It has been a quite grassroots movement. Many different people are united against further austerity.
This is a core issue uniting the movements.
I think the possibility of future privatisation is also a very real fear another core issue driving the momentum. Here is an article ( Nov’16) that represents a privatisation fear;
Also this read is very sobering, at; https://medium.com/@beyourownreason/the-irish-shock-doctrine-cd45fb8cd564
“The only way out will be privatisation. And that’s the €25Billion bonanza the IMF had in sight from the start.
Another article by Be Your Own Reason called Irish Water Privatisation: An Open and shut Case, explains these fears too. See at; https://medium.com/@beyourownreason/nprf-isif-newera-ntma-4c52f09c7ff6
To me and many others this is a form of economic dictatorship. Ireland is being held a slave country to bankers.
Not to get too down, people have become more informed of current happenings and have become more involved and inevitably more politicised. I have myself. I have met others on social media and at Irish Water protests, through social media platforms that run campaigns on Irish Water. They often cheer me up and I feel a solidarity with them. A hopefulness in hard times.
With social media we realise more that we are not alone. I feel it has been an important factor in the mass/smaller/ongoing protests that have been held in recent months and the result of 57% mass boycott of Irish Water.
Here are some other links that show how these movements are progressing. This social media is like a tide, slow and sure, constant.
explains ‘the destructive and fundamentally anti-democratic character of austerity policies, and the fact that their governments act in the interests of bankers and business elites first and foremost. But the Irish Times rarely, if ever, gives voice to such reasonable opposition.’
http://www.newsaccess.ie/our-blog/newsaccess-insight-is-social-media-the-new-vehicle-for-protest the social networks in Ireland have been brimming with debate, speculation and quite often anger over the impact of the charge. It then asks ‘Does this indicate that ‘digital demonstrators’ are replacing active protestors on the big topics in the news? As the charges begin from today we will have to wait and see if the social media reaction has a further impact on in-person demonstrations.