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SOCIAL MEDIA IS THE WEAPON AND THE STREETS THE BATTLEFIELD

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Maria Fernanda Monsalvo

Simon Sinek, a motivational speaker, expressed his opinion inside IQ Quest that the millennial generation is selfish, entitled, narcissistic, and that we deserve everything we wished for. Sorry to discourage you Simon; I am a millennial, I believe that I deserve what I work for, and I don't consider my self-selfish nor entitled. I was born on October 2, 1991, in the City of Caracas, Venezuela. Back in the 1990s, Venezuela was a different country than it is now.

Venezuela has been experiencing 18 years of corruption, dictatorship, populism, and socialism. The country was known for its natural beauty, rich oil reserves, and happy people; today it is known as a country that’s been protesting for more than 100 days, where numerous people have died as a result, people are eating food out of the garbage, the oil is not being used to create goods, and the insecurity doesn't let you do much. The government is taking advantage of the power and stealing every single penny. Corruption and crime have been something of the day to day life.

Revolution “a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.” The opposition is working day and night to overthrow the illegitimate government that Venezuela has. Different political leaders are in prison for expressing their opinion and fighting for what they believe; teenagers, students, professors are also facing prison for fighting or worst are being killed by the hand of the National Guards for protesting. Is 2017, should freedom be for everyone? The United Nations are drafting diplomacy but, not actions, the US is giving an opinion, but some actions.

The people inside of Venezuela are taking action into their own hands. The next generation of leaders is growing every single day; a group of political millennial is leading the revolution, social media is their weapon and the street the battlefield. Because of the lack of freedom of the press in the country, social media has become the medium that people get informed. The country is facing censorship in every single way, newspapers are being sanctions if they publish something against the government, radio stations are being closed for having an opinion and news station won't show what is truly going on for fear of being sanctioned. With everything that is going on doesn't let the international news get informed about what is happening. That’s why social media has become the best weapon for information because makes the people of Venezuela become a journalist in some way posting what is happening and making the international news get informed.

I believe that after the next president either Henrique Capriles Radonski, Henry Ramos, Maria Corina Machado, just to name some; will come the millennial generation followed by Juan Requenses, Freddy Guevara, Juan Andres Mejía, Miguel Pizarro, and Jose Manuel Olivares to name a few. What they have in common is their generation and love for the country that they want to make it better.

Most of the people that are fighting in Venezuela are young; they're in front of the lines returning Molotov bombs and rocks, making sure that the National Guard doesn't interrupt with the pacifist protest that the opposition is having. As a Venezuelan and millennial we learned from a young age how politics work. Millennials are the future of change because government all over the world are collapsing either economic or civil and Millennials won't support chaos.

Millennial and younger generations, we have the greatest weapon that no any other past generation had; we have social media and technology. What's your ammo? Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Youtube?

Maria Fernanda Monsalvo
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