These days, people are regularly involved in the political arena through “new media” to make their presence felt and influence politicians and the political process. Technology has made it easy for anyone and everyone with an internet connection to engage in chair politics – with or without intelligence or understanding of the problem at hand. However, criticism of this development is that the internet and related technology means giving people a feeling of being politically active while not active in the sense of the word “real”. When you search for the term “technology review” on the web, you get so many reviews about technology and you will find people sharing their experiences of how technology is impacting politics today.
The problem that arises from this thinking is political involvement. The problem in most Asian countries is that the population does not feel investment or ownership in the political process. In addition, these are the same concerns that form the basis of anxiety about whether political noise and growing online anger are positive developments. The concern is that e-literate, English-speaking urban populations may not be too keen to vote in elections, but they can and do criticize governments, politicians and systems in general from the comfort of their computer chairs, bask in the warm light of their computers and think that they have done their part.
The other side of the discussion points to the fact that technology allows some demographics to be included in the discussion. They now have the means by which they can express themselves and be involved in the process. People will benefit quickly by seeing how new media technologies – both the current generation and previous technologies related to the internet – have been used in politics in other contexts, with the clearest and most accessible.… Read More