Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans have gathered Seoul last saturday demanding the resignation of President Park Geun-hye in one of the biggest protests in the country since its democratisation nearly 30 years ago. The rally continues almost everyday and Kakao talk encourages people to keep gathering together for the rally.
12/11/2016, image from <http://v.media.daum.net/>
The open chatting room of Kakao talk allows anyone can join the chatting room who have same interests. In this open chatting room, they share ideas, plan the rally and unite minds together. In other words, this mobile space (i.e. Kakao talk’s open chatting room) performs as a meeting room for pre-rally. Moreover, this chatting room enables people who don’t have rally companions to find like-minded people. Thus, Kakao talk open chatting room is like a bridge that connects people to people and further it brings them to participate in the rally at last. In addition, those participants are guaranteed anonymity as well.
Kakao talk leads a new type of assembly and demonstration culture in Korea. Through Kakao talk’s open chat room, people can actually participate in the rally and share their own ideas with each other. This means that, social media encourages people to take an active part in politics rather than just warching the situation on other media such as TV, News reports and etc.
Through using Kakao talk’s open charting room, Korean people are trying to find our hidden sovereignty together.