If you had any questions about the transformative power of interactive media, repressive governments no longer do - when they want to kill or crush their people, they are learning to start by killing the internet and mobile connections. On the heels of Ukraine's mobile powered Orange revolution, the SMS powered toppling of the government in Manila, and Uganda's recent reinstatement of SMS after contested elections were sealed up, this from the AP, re Myanmar:
...soldiers in...Friday...went after the Internet and that have proven so vital and powerful in documenting the dramatic confrontations.
Modern technology has become the generals' worst enemy.
Though the government has cut some phone landlines, it has had less success clamping down on mobile phones, [and] the immediacy has been vital in telling the world so it can act quickly as developments unfold
"The world doesn't know where Burma is. Now they see images about the situation and want to know more." Aung Zaw said.
"Students useto SMS each other to share information," he said, referring to text messages activists use to organize demonstrations or inform one another of the locations of soldiers. "The junta can't control the technology totally, and it's a huge difference (if you can) deliver the information fast."