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The bodies of two people, reported to be in their twenties, were found dead and tortured hanging from a bridge in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. A message was found next to the bodies stating that the destiny of these two people will be an example to those that are posting things about the drug cartels’ actions on the internet. Although it is blurry as to whether these people murdered were bloggers or if they were murdered and later used as a threat to internet users, it is clear that the efforts of the drug cartels are neither abating nor their presence diminishing.
We often forget about our neighbor to the south. We forget that Mexico is more than just our favorite resort in Cancun or Cabo. We forget that the violence of drug cartels kills each day. We choose to forget, sip away on our pina coladas and munch on some chips and guacamole.
But for the people living in this war zone, it is impossible to forget. With gruesome murders and the constant threat of violence, how could you?
Many Mexican nationals may feel that they cannot trust their government or even their neighbors due to the ongoing and ever consistent violence. They have, however, found confidence in a more neutral source, social media. The social media has served as a primary outlet to communicate within a neutral platform and to report to one another on the most recent updates. Two of the most popular blogs utilized are Frontera al Rojo Vivo and Blog del Narco.
While it may seem as though the anonymity of these outlets is giving the people of Mexico a safe outlet of expression and is embracing their right to authentic information, the reality of the situation is far from it, as recent events demonstrate.
Social media is a large part of our lives and allows the shyest of voices to be heard. It provides us with the perspective that deserves to be heard — that of the everyday citizen. We don’t forget to log on to our personal social media accounts, so there is no reason why we should ignore the bigger issues at large, even if they seem to be so far removed from us.