Global News Blog: No Place to Hide in Venezuela

February 13, 2009  

Posted by Kendra Kahanek

There is no place to hide, they will find you. Anyone can be found, especially in a technological world. Though most people believe the best way to find a person is through the Internet, it is actually through text messaging. If a person does not receive enough consumer advertisements or pop-ups on the internet, he or she moves to political advertisements via text messaging.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s opposition, known as the “no” campaign, uses any means possible, even text messaging, to influence voters’ opinions. According to the BBC Article, the “no” campaign persuades voters away from the referendum by running the campaign “through TV spots broadcast on private channels… sent via emails, [and] by text messages to mobile phones.”

Technology remains a powerful outlet for communication. Even President Barack Obama’s campaign, prior to his presidency, relied upon the internet using Facebook and Google to gain voter support.

Since the “no” campaign uniquely uses text messaging to shape voter outlooks this could become a new method for political advertisement around the world. Home phones remain out dated and customers can place call restrictions on home phones but cell phones remain a manner of communication without many restrictions. Text message political advertising becomes a new way to sway opinions and emphasizes the feeling that people can never escape constant advertising, creating no place to hide.

Does this type of political advertisement infringe on privacy restrictions? How does a person feel knowing he has no rights to privacy in a growing technological world?

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One Response to “Global News Blog: No Place to Hide in Venezuela”

  1. Eric on February 15th, 2009 11:40 am

    It will be interesting to see if this influences the upcoming election about Chavez’s desire to change the Venezuela constitution and stay president for another 10 years.