French Revolution to Facebook

                Social media has finally made its decade. A child prodigy Mark Zukerberg started a social networking site Facebook from his Harvard dormitory. It was 4th February 2004 and he altered the role of communication. Facebook became a harboring land of fantasy to communicate with loved ones and even to find someone who matches with your views. Along with developed countries even underdeveloped countries used it at large.

                Facebook once it was criticized for its sharing personal information.  It also received some complaints but over a period of time it became mature. They also faced many law suits against it. 31st May 2010 is been celebrated as ‘Quit Facebook Day’. Nothing did shake its status.

                  17 December 2010 is known as a day which began ‘Arab Spring’ ordinary people came on street and changed their governments. It is a historical incidence like a French Revolution. It is only after French Revolution who came on road to change the governments. French Revolution changed the face of the world. Writers like Victor Hugo, William Wordsworth, W B Yeatws, Edmund Burke, George Bernard Shaw and very many intellects used ‘pamphlets’ as a mass communication medium to communicate with people. It was the most powerful intrapersonal medium of communication of that time. Writers, poets and dramatist who were involved in French Revolution were inspired by the work of Voltair and Jean Jack Rousseau. French revolution is a literary classic example for the world of mankind and world of mass communication. How people use to reciprocate the form of writing, may it be drama, poetry, news paper journalism or a pamphlet.

                 ‘Arab Spring’ which changed the fate of Tunisia, Egypt ,Libya, and Yemen. It inspired civil uprisings in Bahrain and Syria  and protests in Algeria,Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, and Sudan. Social networking site played major role in to it. Facebook is also used as a modern and more effective and fast medium in India. When Anna Hazare did his protest in Delhi people from all over India supported him. It was facebook which joined India once again. We can proudly claim that we have witnessed the latest communication revolution.

                              In 2014 when India will be approaching election soon, Facebook will play a major role communication. Advertisers from all over the world have acknowledged its importance. Social media and social status has become new business avenues for business and domains of vital concern.  Unfortunately we do not have great poets, dramatist, writers or philosophers with us to lead and we no more use the pamphlet as a mass communication tool but we need to realist the power of mighty pen. May it be any medium, the importance of language is still intact only the medium is changed!

                                 Mark Zukerberg who created Facebook which is worth of $19 Billion today and he is world’s 2nd youngest self made billionaire.  Today more than 1.2 billion people use Facebook. May it be 18th century or 2014 what is important is the language.  I remember the lines from Rumi “Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”


Published by Rahul Mate

Passionate about cinema, fine art, literature and photography, while teaching in media school Rahul Mate makes a little change into the life of people by connecting them with world of creative freedom.

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