Technology has had two major influences on political communication. Indeed, on one hand, technology has made information more accessible by increasing the supply through websites, blogs, and politically oriented social media and on the other hand it has given people choice through making more channels and sources available.
Technology had given the opportunity for young and ordinary people to become opinion leader who influenced and guide the revolution. The teenager, Joshua Wong, for example, was only 17 years old when he spoke up for his beliefs and became the voice of a generation.
THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA
This revolution in Hong Kong has been fueled by tweets and hashtags from demonstrators and supporters worldwide. The Umbrella Revolution had more than 1.3 million tweets between the 26th and 29th of September which represented over 1.3 million opportunities to be heard, persuade someone, and advocate for change.
Through access to sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, protesters were willing to set up mass communication. Social media, in this case, are tools that can be used to spread the word and draw global attention to what is happening in Hong Kong. All around the world, people were appalled at the way the Chinese police and Chinese government are handling these young people.
Protestors in Hong Kong were using the “#Ferguson” to compare and sympathize with the situation across the globe in Ferguson, Missouri. This strengthened their campaigns and drew the attention of Ferguson tweeters.
In today's media atmosphere, it seems that anyone with access to the internet, and the basic technical knowledge of how to make a Facebook, can influence politics.