Counter power Responses:
I thought the People Power II uprising in the Philippenes was pretty amazing because the government had no control of communication through mobile phones. The crowd could gather with very little planning and quickly communicate messages to all its members through texts. I think mobile communication allows the mob as defined during the French revolution become more organized and therefore more able to accomplish its goals, political or entertainment.
I actually watched a video before reading this article about a flash mob in central station in New York. All the participants communicated through texts on cell phones. It is really shocking to watch because about 1000 people just froze in central station all at the same time for 4 minutes, and then just kept walking. This kind of organization is really powerful, and could be very dangerous for governments and big corporations who would have very little control over communication through cell phones.
The case study about the Korean Netizens was really interesting. I liked how the organization of the soccer fans through the internet changed the connotation of wearing red. Apparently before it was anticommunist to avoid red, and the “Red Devils” as the soccer fans called themselves changed it so that wearing red was a sign of support of the soccer team. I also liked how the young girls were organizing protests through the internet to prevent teachers from cutting their hair in school. This is an abusive and unreasonable tradition and its great that students can find a way to organize outside of the control of the school’s authority. This reminds me of the pillow fight at Santa Clara organized on Facebook. The organizer did not announce the location until the day of and then changed the time a couple hours before to throw off campus safety. About 100 students showed up to participate in the pillow fight. I like the idea that we are not always totally at the mercy of the Santa Clara University Institution.