On May 1, opposition alliance Unidad Venezuela tweeted photos of protesters facing tear gas and national guard troops. Socialist President Nicolas Maduro spent the day sending out pictures of red-clad crowds at a nearby pro-government rally.Source: Twitter
Bloomberg: The Revolution in Venezuela Won’t be Televised, Except on the Internet
TV is mostly silent about deadly protests. So people are turning to Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook.
Venezuela’s government is broadcasting an alternate reality to its citizens’ mobile phones.
Television is mostly silent about deadly protests as President Nicolas Maduro pushes for a new constitution. Instead, people are turning to visual forms of social media barely available to Venezuelans three years ago—Instagram and Snapchat stories, live videos on Facebook and Twitter, and WhatsApp chat rooms—to transmit and consume information.
The opposition and government compete to shape the national narrative there. Maduro’s administration sends a stream of anodyne images as protesters send out up-to-the-minute updates of arrests and violence.
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WNU Editor: Being one who experienced the collapse of the Soviet union first hand, I do see some similarities .... Venezuela Is on the Road to a Soviet-Style Collapse (Anders Aslund, Foreign Policy).