Technological Boundaries

Cities are hotbeds for social and political activism and protest. Their population is divided into different groups with different values which align themselves with one another to act out common practices. One way of monitoring their “spatial practice” is to investigate their social media usage and communication, particularly, as Samuel Gerald Collins spoke about in his piece, their use of Twitter.
Collins says that by studying this data we are studying the thoughts of the people in a common area. This is an interesting concept that can be used to study multiple cultures and how they all interact in one confined space. People connect through their smartphones, laptops, etc. constantly. They are constantly moving and have the capability to share their thoughts and organize groups anywhere they go. However, not everyone has the means to do this.
I think that this means of communication, while beneficial to those who can afford the technologies necessary to use it, excludes a key part of the population. People with a lower economic status do not always have access to such technologies and they are the group that needs the most help, which could be gained through activism. It is a classist concept that those who need the most help do not have the ability to obtain it as easily as privileged people. If anthropologists target the most active groups, they could create organizations whose aim is to help the lower classes get what they require, thus balancing the social hierarchy more effectively.

Resources

http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/09/22/twitter-on-the-plaza/

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