What is the role of social media? It’s a mobilisation, coordination and dissemination. Weaponized social media networks have set up a successful challenge to a political system. The network society as political space; strategic space is people’s minds and it has a fast scalable mobilisation, aggregate behaviour patterns and attention is the main political currency.
Nowadays digital media has reshaped our society, and insurgency is the reflection of the society in which it exists. Therefore, there is no doubt that digital media has influenced insurgency. People can through digital media to disseminate their ideas more quickly than before and to a broader audience than with only analogue media.
Have you ever hear Hong Kong’s umbrella revolution? Social media has become a battleground in Hong Kong’s protest, people are using social media as a tool to animate support during a political movement, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Telegram etc. It shows the understanding of how people can effectively communicate with mediums.
Media specialists had mentioned that social media has acted an important role in the documentation, organization, and convocation of large-scale protests. Social media has been used by both protester and government “as a tool in the battle for public opinion.” People’s perspective and opinion can be conveyed to different communities to communicate and share through social media platforms and transmitted the field situation of the movement through the social network right away, which will help the spread of information about the event to a global social media platforms to catch global attention.