USE OF CELLPHONE TEXTING TO MOBILIZE COLLECTIVES FOR PEACEFUL POLITICAL TRANSFORMATION
Montiel, C.J., Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
At the People's Power II uprising last January 2001, 90% of the participants belonged to the youth. This younger generation has been often referred to as the text-generation, due to its widespread use of cellphone texting as a means of connecting with each other. This paper presents the various psycho-political functions of cellphone texting in relation to mobilizing huge crowds for active nonviolence. Some questions addressed are: (a) At what historical points in People's Power II did texting take on a significant role? (b) What types of messages were texted? What emotional themes were communicated by the messages? (c) How did texting help make People's Power II politically potent and active, yet nonviolent?