Our Role for the Future

After reading about the Wired Citizenship article, I really wondered what my role for the future would become. Learning about the restrictions on youth activism in the Middle East is quite alarming for me as a citizen of the U.S. Due to my ability to have a voice through many different platforms and media outlets, I feel oddly yet gratefully privileged to have such tools. The We are all Khaled Said Social Movement is a positive light for Egyptians to move toward useful change as new mobilizations became available for young activists. Khaled Said is a renowned model for an act like this because he was a man that had to find his own identity on place he was born. The way I interpreted the point of view of Egyptians on Khaled Said is in both a good and bad way. “Khaled Said fits perfectly well into the deteriorating social tapestry of an Egypt where emigration attempts, drug abuse, street mistrust, and questionable friendships characterize the life of a young Egyptian.”(Herrera 92) Even though Khaled Said’s punishment was drug-related, he remains the symbol for Egypt’s cruel police force. Knowing that Said was 28 years old when this tragedy happened, I have a feeling to ask myself if I am going to put myself in a position to help stop things like this happening. Reading this also reminded me that I have different assets and resources available for me to help with a cause. The Egyptian politics are corrupt as a system to unable young activists to strive for change. As the government loses its handle on citizenship, education, and social progression, I feel that some sort of trust should be laid on the youth for brighter ideas and changes. ¬†Ultimately, the question for me is, “What is my role to help mold the future?”

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One thought on “Our Role for the Future

  1. Good stuff here Jason. Indeed, social media gives us many opportunities to mobilize and organize rights movements, as this article illustrates it also has its limits. As inauguration day looms, what is the role of social media in the planned USCB walkout as a mode of political protest? What is special about civil disobedience in real life as opposed to online? What is the threshold for people to cross over to the real world in their activism, as opposed to simply being FB SJWs?

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