Listen: Hong Kong, China And Zane discussed on PRI's The World
"This wednesday passenger flights are taking off again from hong kong international after a night of chaos pro democracy protesters clashing with police and hundreds of flights canceled. Relative calm has been restored. The protesters have apologize for roughing up to undercover cops at the airport yesterday zane up to factually witnessed one of those assaults we often speak with zan up on the world about the intersection of social media technology politics. It's what she teaches at u._n._c. Chapel hill all but you've been traveling through asia and made a detour to hong kong. I probably witness the one instance in which you know things just broke down and got out of control role in which is of course inexcusable this is terrible but overall it's been ten weeks of marching demanding rights marching demanding rights and trying and trying and trying and you know at some point they didn't told and one day i found this undercover police officer i think the crowd just lost controlling that particular moment and today there there's a lot of soul-searching now hide we get to this point but is there also fears and there's a lot of fear because they feel a lot of the ones i talked to feel like the world doesn't care about them. Just china's two important and you know bunch a young a young people trying to keep democratic rights or demand them. They feel like they're being treated like a nuisance by the world <hes> so they feel from what i can see that it's quite futile but they're just gonna go down the best they can and try zana's but as i said you study how social media are used politically even in revolutionary movements. I mean now. The chinese mainland is hailing. The two men who were beat up at the airport as heroes china's is talking about acts of terror in hong kong. How does his face off look on social media. Obviously what happened was terrible. But what i'm seeing is is a lot of <hes> efforts that are out to discredit the whole demands. The demands being quite reasonable. You know hong kong ghettos did yet the demands mansaf the hong kong protesters universal suffrage independent inquiry releasing arrested protesters enough super basic demands and now the whole there's a huge social media campaign in pain to use that incident to portray the whole movement as just terrorists and violent <hes> so this is where the actual battless list right information sphere is where the battle is. How were the hong kong protesters using social media themselves in these demonstrations like is unique or does is a pickup threads from other movements followed. It's pretty amazing what's going on in hong kong in terms of these of the internet because unlike the arab spring countries fat. I've also studied where there was some very efficient use of digital technologies hong kong of super hightech place everybody's so digitally adapt and the way they swarm and make decisions online and then they the way they swarm off-line go from place to place. This is a very twenty first century movement ironically. They're making demands for things. A lot of people want in nineteenth century just universal suffrage suffrage well mainland china's also digitally adept. It's at the forefront of surveillance technology. I'm curious. Just how protesters in hong kong are dealing with that. Obviously the phones are tracked and they're aware of it. Some of them have multiple phones. Some of them turn off their phones. They"