Since the invention of the Internet in the mid-20th century, and the accompanying developments that this age has seen from that time, there has been a constant tendency for social commentators to acclaim this period as the globalised age or the era without boundaries. Marshal McLuhan claimed in the 1960s that the world was turning into a global village; a place where everyone was everyone’s neighbour in almost the right sense of the word (Gibson & Murray, 2012; Logan, 2011). Given recent tremendous shifts in technological development, the swiftness with which time evolves, the seeming evaporation of geographical spaces and the fusion of cultural and social practices almost on a universal scale, one can hardly argue against the claim that the world is truly a globalised village. At the height of this “merging” rhetoric is the new concept of a network society offering, even the most poignant prospects of a world united, in a way, through a mesh of social webs.
Since November 2016, the Republic of Cameroon, West Africa, has been plagued by serious social unrest that for the country’s 55 years after reunification has never been witnessed. The English-speaking or Anglophone population has begun agitating against what they call French or Francophone Cameroon domination and marginalization of their 8 million population. Lawyers and teachers staged a strike which has affected all sectors of the two English-speaking regions of the country for over seven months now. In response, the government, under strongman,
Paul Biya, 84 is President of Cameroon since 1982
Paul Biya, resorted to crackdown on leaders of the protests by branding them terrorists.