What does social media mean to us?

I have been using various social media accounts since 2008.

I first started using Facebook in January 2008 after a friend from Canada introduced it to me. We continued to chat on MSN – and before that we used ICQ – and I only occasionally looked at my Facebook. At that time, still very few people used it and nobody was crazy about “likes”. However, I later found that people using Facebook are more interested in getting “likes” than engaging in meaningful interaction. I stopped using my Facebook account last week after Mark Zuckerberg met with China’s propaganda chief Liu Yunshan.

In March 2008, I started my Twitter account. I used it mainly to communicate with Chinese activists who had no choice but used VPN to go to Twitter to have a taste of freedom of expression as they frequently found their posts deleted in Mainland Chinese online forums. I’m still using it and find it useful to connect with activists, journalists, diplomats and other like-minded people, and even some government leaders and prominent research institutes.

I have also been using other social media, such as Instagram and LinkedIn, but less active on those platforms.

Some people might still doubt why we need to spend time on social media and still stick to only using emails. I still remember someone told me I should call him more and even fax him documents instead of sending him emails in 2008. Now, that person even uses Whatsapp and Facebook. I just wonder why some people still think they can ignore social media nowadays. The existence of social media people interact and I don’t think that social media will make us totally rely on them and stop or discourage us from meeting our family, friends and colleagues. Instead, it provides more platforms for us to have different forms of communication in different situations.


Official Warning Not to “Politicize” everything?

What’s more weird than an official warning people not to “politicize” issues?  Being a politician in power can tell people not to “politicize everything” and just accept whatever the government does?

It’s not even an issue about democracy or authoritarianism. Even an authorian regime would not need to deny that everything involves the government and its governance is inevitably about politics and the issues the government deals with are thus inevitably political issues. 

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress – China’s third-ranked Communist Party leader, said Hong Kong should not “politicize everything” and should instead focus on integrating Hong Kong’s economy with China’s, Hong Kong delegates to the National People’s Congress told media.

It might seem familiar to people in Hong Kong to hold such mindset as it was a common belief among Hongkongers even during the British colonial era. Pragmatism is almost like a synonym for Hong Kong spirits for decades. Economy prevails everything else, certainly more than politics. So, should we simply embrace this mindset as “a golden rule” when we deal with issues in Hong Kong and China nowadays?

Stupidity can still be ridiculed and can least provide some amusement for casual chats. Self-sufficiency is simply terrible.