Among all internet tools, social media is one of the most powerful platforms that shape our perceptions of ourselves, others, and the world. With increasing internet penetration, what seems to be a virtual world to the older generation is in fact indispensable to the younger generations.
The phenomenon of Pokémon Go was built on the foundations of the real-world physical Pokémon products of the 1990s and early 2000s which was a runaway hit with kids and its influence shaped an entire generation of American children through primetime TV.
Uber, the world’s most valuable ride-hailing startup with more than USD 13 billion in funding, has agreed to merge its China branch with Didi Chuxing, after suffering from a grueling price war with the local rival.
On March 28, 2016, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced its Internet Domain Name Management Rules (Opinion-Seeking Revision Draft), and officially solicited opinions from the public. The overseas media had a field day over this announcement.
On January 20, 2016, users of “Di Ba” organized a social media war to flood the official pages of pro-Taiwan independence media like Sanlih E-Television as well as fan pages of Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen, among others, with memes and messages.