The political organization I choose to compare with Move on.org is Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC). TYC was founded in 1970, India. It’s a worldwide organization struggle for the restoration of complete independence for the whole of Tibet. According to the website, TYC has emerged as the largest and most active non-governmental Organization of Tibetans in exile. It has more than 30,000 members worldwide.
The website of TYC shows a totally different layout from the Move on.org, TYC’s website is consist of a series of news, and it’s not easy to find a visual focus at the first glance. On the contrarily, Move on.org is more comprehensive then TYC, it’s well categorized and it use different colors to make a clear distinguishability. However, TYC puts more tabs on top of the website, so users could browse content that interests them, and get more information.
According to Rohlinger and Brown (2009), there are three major benefits of join online political organization: 1) it’s a free arena to speak 2) the anonymous character on the internet 3) it has mobilizing potential (p.134~p.136). First of all, Tibet is struggling to independent under the pressure of China government for a long time, they need a way to express their thoughts and raise their activities as broad as possible, and through internet, it’s without broader and limits. They not only run the online business, but also set multiple branches in several countries, in the hope of gathering more attention and resources.
Secondly, the trait of internet avoiding repression is obviously fit in this circumstance of TYC. The China government imprisoned activisms of Tibet independent supporters who claimed China should not hole the Olympic Games until Tibet is free. The anonymity of internet is important for some of the participants who are afraid of the authority. To put in other words, they are under the invisible shield of internet.
Last, TYC do call upon people to join their activities in real life. As the TYC album showed, there are a lot of participants join their protests. The potential of mobile people in front of the computer to the street is possible. However, under the high pressure of China government, it is important for TYC to gather more active forces to know, to support, to stand up for Tibet. The internet is defenitely a good way they can display their ideas to the world, instantly, unlimitedly, freely, and kind of safer way.
Here is an interesting video clip discussing the Great Firewall of China.
Check it out!