Let Thai People be Enlightened with the Younger Generations’ Creatively Political Movement Using Pop Culture and Unseen Information from the21th Century Internet
For about one year, the Thai political movement by younger generations such as Free Youth and United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration have given an impact to the society and the government about their demands including the need for Prayuth Chan-ocha to resign from the Prime Minister position, the Thai monarchy reformation and an acceptance of a newly people’s constitution draft. Their political expression depend on creative media like poster and music along with activities such as cosplaying as some members of the Thai monarchy or sending letters to the king within a dustbin painted red like a mailbox.
(Left) Sending letters to the king, cosplaying as The Queen
(Upper Right) Free Youth’s poster
(Bottom Right) A Parody song of the King’s speech called
The fact that various kinds of their political expression look fresh and interesting for people of all ages, mostly teenager, unlike mobs in the past such as People's Democratic Reform Committee (กปปส) on the right picture or People's Alliance for Democracy
To begin with, the younger generations are the people from generation Z and below who have grown up side by side with the boom of pop culture such as Japanese, Korean and American through movie, drama, cartoon and music.
However, the meme and media alone cannot be used to fight against authorities without information on their misdeeds. The internet gives younger generations a window of opportunity to learn about information and evidences concerning their crimes which have been kept away from Thai people for many years in foreign news and official documents of foreign countries addressing to Thailand and its rulers. The existence of a group called Royalist Marketplace – ตลาดหลวง
After achieving necessary information and a tool to convey the message, there is still one step to prepare which is a mean of communication to share news and progress among the mob and to the people. Facebook and Twitter are the most two possible choice as nowadays these two application gain so much popularity among Thai people. There is a function called hashtag, similar to a keyword, which can lead users to all the specific news relating to that certain hashtag in no time. Moreover, the mob can also broadcast their activity in real time to let the spectators keeping an eye for any dangers coming to its participants, thanks to a livestream function on Facebook. These two applications give the younger generations’ mob advantages over the authority as every measure from the officials to disintegrate the mob can be shared through these channels so the mob leaders have some time to prepare of what todo in advance while the reunification in each day is also easy due to how fast the unification’s details are widespread on Facebook and Twitter.
In conclusion, as the younger generations have lived with pop culture and technology for most of their life, they use it both as a tool and a method to convey their political expression in a mob which proves as an effective way due to a great amount of number of participant in each time. They can also manage to avoid loss in disintegration of the mob by depending on the livestream’s spectators to keeping an eye on any dangers for them and news about officials’ movement sharing in social network. Though this will be the long fight, time and advantages belong to the young generations so let’s hope that someday the victory will be ours!
- Political Arts Student (เด็กสินสาดบ้าการเมือง)
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