Seensay: The Citizen Mojo In Information Democratization
M. Sripriya, P.E. Thomas.
Key words: Information dissemination, Mojo, SEENSAY, Social “Foot Soldier”, Information Democratization.
ABSTRACT: The prevalence of mobile technology and its ubiquitous presence had resulted in that it is not only a communication tool, but also enabler of development. The permeation of the mobile technology in development is discerned to be faster than any other communication technology in history. And, it is playing a vital role in the developing world. With its falling prices and increasing functionality, however, it is virtually certain that not too far into the future, most of the world’s citizens will have cell phones. This is reason enough for citizens to explore the possibility of making the cell phone an important tool in mobile journalism in the developing countries. This paper explores the possibility of citizen mobile journalism by the ‘networked’ citizens in terms of what we call SEENSAY i.e., what is seen as breaking news in one’s locality, be divulged to the whole world. It considers versatility of the mobile as a convergence medium that can help realise the need for participatory information dissemination and analyses the possibility of the citizen turning into a social “Foot Soldier” that leads to Information Democratization.
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