I am blogging about the water protest and Ballyhea Says No social media. This is really interesting stuff. Today this was reported on the main RTE news at the very end as last minute news, as if hardly worth a mention. Over half of Irish Water customers have not paid their bills. This is a significant amount of people who are not paying and is likely to be very less.
Here are newspaper and radio news pieces from 14th July newspapers announcing the news.
We knew what the low result uptake about Irish Water from the social media the night before. It has been embarrassment to the government and a sham and PR disaster from the beginning.
I am going to discuss and ask is this mass boycott of Irish water, been helped by successful online and social media influence. The Ballyhea Says No movement is another group, I am going to discuss as regards it’s use and impact of social media. What impact is social media having?
Both these protest movements have taken to on line media as a form of sharing the news and video clips, of what is happening on the streets as they happen. Both movements have been mainly ignored by the mainstream media.
I am aiming to explore both stories and put the ongoing stories as simply as I can. Then, more importantly, explore the digital media influence. I hope to come to my own articulate conclusions through my research and also apply a theoretical framework to present the stories in an interesting way.