Media Studies Sample Paper on Modern Media: The Case of Hong Kong

Modern Media: The Case of Hong Kong


            The desire to communicate in the most convenient and fast manner is a fundamental human being. Still, the right to interact freely with others, and being accorded total freedom on what forms of media to use, is also part of this desire. The Hong Kong protests have attracted worldwide attention, being the most comprehensive in the history of the country. The issue at hand being a threatened democracy procedure, the young population in Hong Kong has taken to the streets in a bid to counter the impending raw deal.

            The protests touch on the nature of human beings as being complex. Generally, everyone has his or her own feelings, views, opinions and inner desires that are very natural. The introduction of civilization to the people of the world brought about a situation where everyone is expected to forego certain desires for the sake of others (Ting 11). This is because it is impossible for every human being, with the ever increasing world population, to have their way in everything. It would imply that others would miss on the same. In the same regard, the political views of both the government and its subjects in Hong Kong conflict in a matter of national importance.

            The role of social media in the perpetration of the protests in Hong Kong has been tremendous. In fact, in many other events that involve masses throughout the world, social media has been central to the communication that goes around (Ting 3). In a free and open manner, messages are sent and statements made accessible to thousands of people just at the click of a burton. With communication, everything is always on the track. Most of the protesters in Hong Kong are mainly students and the youth. This means that they are actively involved in social media.

            However, the government has not been taking any chances. It has resulted to censoring and controlling almost every social, media that exists in China. Specifically, focus has been made on Instagram, one of the few foreign media that are allowed in China. The implication here is that China is trying to keep the protests as an internal issue, and eliminate the influence of other countries (Yung and Lisa 5). Currently, posting of anything relating to the protests on social media has been banned. It has been reported that an average of 150 out of every 10000 posts on social media are being deleted daily.

            The question here is whether such moves are fruitful in any way. The control set on social media has been meant to prevent avoid the protests being contagious and spilling over to the mainland. The bond between the people of China is more than just mere posts on social media. In fact, the crackdown on social media, especially Weibo, is doing more of fueling the protests. Individuals are going over beyond the limits to find ways of posting images and information on the ongoing events.

            Whichever way the Chinese government tries to control the situation, it will never really realize tangible success. People are protesting for their rights and against the constriction of democracy. Force may be applied in pushing away protesters, but that would not make them put down their tools. Innovation and creativity is on its peak in the way of trying to get messages through the great firewall of China.

Works Cited

Ting, Tin-yuet. “Social Media Use for Contentious Politics: Facebook-Activism Against Imposed National Education Curriculum in Hong Kong.” XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology (July 13-19, 2014). Isaconf, 2014.

Yung, Betty, and Lisa Yuk-Ming Leung. “Diverse roles of alternative media in Hong Kong civil society: from public discourse initiation to social activism.” Journal of Asian Public Policy 7.1 (2014): 83-101.