Lone activist’s social media revolution – too little, too late?


@hpNYR, a young NY based activist is trying to single-handedly spark a social media-driven revolution in Armenia. The key word is ‘single-handedly’ here, because looking at the statistics he’s getting, you know the guy hasn’t got either much help, or support.

We’ve seen videos go viral in Armenia (e.g. violence in school) and get 10-20,000 views per day. So I guess 118 views for a rapping-cool pro-opposition YouTube video hours after it has been uploaded hardly counts for a smashing hit.

The activist has created a  Facebook page. Still, with 350 followers 2 hours after it started and 369 followers after another 23 hours, that is not revolutionary dynamics either.

The official Twitter hashtag for the revolution is #1mar. It points to some interesting discussions from Armenian Twitter activists on Armenian opposition’s online activity. However,  it isn’t rendering much of real opposition activity so far.

Is there a solution? I don’t know. Here’s a sensible piece of advice.
Twit On the other hand, if @hpNYR actually achieves some more impressive statistics, we will  learn a lot of new things about social networking activity in Armenia. Before that happens, however, I’ll stick with my old views.

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7 thoughts on “Lone activist’s social media revolution – too little, too late?

  1. WE NEED TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING IN LIBYA, EGYPT, TUNISIA, JORDAN, BAHRAIN, and ELSE WHERE
    I’VE BEEN CALLING ON MY PPL TO STAND UP, BUT DO IT ORGANIZED and CALM MANNER, NO VIOLENCE, NO HATE, NO DISCRIMINATE. ARA WE CAN DO IT, WE ARE THE PPL, WE HAVE THE POWER, THEY DONT. IT’S ALOT of SMOKE n’ MIRRORS, ALOT of TRICKERY & ILLUSION ON THEIR PART. WE CAN TAKE IT BACK FROM THEM and PUT IT TO OUR ADVANTAGE. WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY, WE HAVE THE MEANS TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. MAYBE WE DONT HAVE ALL THE MONEY IN 1 or 2 PERSONS, BUT AS A COLLECTIVE WE CAN USE ALL OUR FINANCIAL SOURCES TO CRUSH the RK-SS-DODI-LTP REGIME. IT DOES NOT EVEN TAKE ANY MONEY, ITS ALL IN OUR PHYSICAL and MENTAL BEING, NOT FINANCIAL. SO WHAT WE TAKE 1-2 WEEKS OFF FROM OUR WORK and DAILY LIVES TO BRING ABOUT A PEACEFUL & TRANSITIONAL REVOLUTION THAT CAN CHANGE OUR HOMELAND FOR THE BETTER. BELIEVE ME WHEN I TELL YOU THEY CAN NOT KILL ALL of US, THEY NEED US FOR THEM TO MAKE MONEY & POWER. EVERTHING IN LIFE IS A CORPORATION of BUISNESS, WE CAN DO A HOSTILE TAKE OVER (AS THEY DO IN WALLSTREET) WE ARE THE MAJORITY SHARE HOLDERS of OUR HOMELAND (THE PRODUCT), WE CAN PUSH OUT THE CURRENT “BOARD” and REPLACE THE CHAIRMAN, HIS BOARD MEMBERS, and ANY & ALL CEO’s THERE OF (AKA: THE OLIGARCHS)

    HELE KANGNEQ IM HAYER, SA HERIQ E AYSPES TOXNUMEQ AYS REJIMIC MEZ HARSTAHAR EN. DZEZ EM ASUM IM SIRELI HAYRENAGICNER: YELEK HAYER ,YELEK HAYER PAYQARI…

    Kecceh ayn angin Hay Qajer@ vor mez misht en pashtpahnum
    Kecceh ayn tankagin Hayer@ vor mez hamar en payqarum

  2. Hey Artur,

    Just wondering, do you want to see a revolution? Also, who do you want to see as the next president?

  3. Garo,

    I don’t want to see a revolution, because that’s when people suffer. I saw my share of revolution back in March 2008 (and document it on this blog, check out my archives).

    However, I don’t see an alternative to a revolution. I don’t thik regime change is possible in Armenia via elections, because it will be forged. So a revolution is the only option and it will happen eventually.

    As for president – I think the most important thing is to have a different person on charge, and it really doesn’t matter who. But the new person should be from an opposition force.

    I would probably like to see a Human Rights activist lead the country, e.g. Zaruhi Postanjian.

    • The only part of all this that frightens me is this sudden amnesia that people have developed. Behind all this is LTP, a person who has done a lot of bad for our country, and I don’t quite understand why the people are rallying behind him. I hope someone else can emerge from all of this and rally the people behind them. I feel like in this fragile time, we have all separated as a race. Here is an interesting article from Asbarez (http://asbarez.com/93640/ter-petrosians-ship-has-sailed/), I don’t know if you’ve gotten a chance to read it or not. This is a scary time for the citizens and the state of Armenia. We need someone new to come and rise to power…..

    • The country is in such a dire situation that my foremost concern is to restore the constitutional order and bring back the power of people. When you stand back and look at the situation, what we are looking for is the basic minimum – just respect the law when forming the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the government!

      I agree with Artur – someone who has been fighting the regime all this long and has not been broken or corrupted will probably be the best choice. Zaruhi Postandjian, Nikol Pashinian and a number of other very bright people fit the bill.

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