Thanks to Jean Min for the tip!
According to Jean Min of OhMyNews, the smart mobs first introduced by Howard Rheingold in his 2002 book are finally manifesting themselves in Seoul. “Koreans protesters against the import of US beef are Smart Mobs on steroids – they’ve already overturned the entrenched power of the old and conservative media” (Min, pers. comm.). The recent emergence of technology-enabled collective action in Korea has been spotted by the blogosphere: Tecnhnokimchi reports on the emergence of citizen journalism, Futurize Korea reports on technology-enabled protests, and OhMyNews writes about how its readers spontaneously provide a ‘long tail’ of funding in exchange for citizen media. As Futurize Korea’s article is called, “this is what you call ‘true citizen journalism.’” The 4th OhMyNews Forum is coming up on June 27th. If anyone goes, please report back. Kin, and the rest of us, would be eager to hear “another prediction about what will happen in 5 years when the full-scale, high powered mobile computing infrastructure is finally deployed” (Kin, pers. comm.).
Scenes of candlelight protests in Seoul. (Images via Technokimchi from Electronic News and Money Today.)