In Clay Shirky’s The Political Power of Social Media, he believes that rather than relying on “instrumental” approach to social and political mobilization, by putting great emphasis on technology’s power to let people mobilize, we should focus on environmental view of social media effects on the public sphere. He believes that the U.S. government should follow this approach, “…promoting freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly everywhere…Only by switching from an instrumental to an environmental view of the effects of social media on the public sphere will the U.S. be able to take advantage of the long term benefits these tools promise…,” (41). Shirky argues further that the potential of social media lies in their support of civil society and public sphere, where changes should be measured in years and decades rather than weeks or months. This article reminds me of the incident that happened in China last year, of a two year old Chinese girl who was a victim of a hit-and-run accident. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFjdMKJVkzQ, but please do not watch it, it is very violent: I just put up the link as reference). The video is of Yue Yue (the girl’s name) being run over by cars, while bystanders fear to help her because they might be blamed. According to Reuters.com, “Many people in China are hesitant to help people who appear to be in distress for fear that they will be blamed. High-profile lawsuits have ended with good Samaritans ordered to pay hefty fines to individuals they sought to help,” (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/21/us-china-girl-idUSTRE79K0HM20111021). The viral video caused uproar among people all over the web, becoming the most popular topic talked about on China’s Twitter-like website (Weibo). Users discussed China’s social, political, and economic circumstances because of Yue Yue’s death, and her father had received more than U.S. dollar equivalent of $42,280 in donations from all over the world to help pay for her medical treatment. The outrage sparked by the viral video and social media websites triggered the capital of Guangzhou to plan laws to protect good Samaritans and give rewards up to 500,000 yuan for actions of good will, (Reuters.com). Although Shirky asserts that private and commercial environments of social media should be taken more environmentally, should aim at specific regimes, and increase support for local public speech and assembly, I think in this case culture plays a role as well. U.S. is multicultural nation and I believe we should still take in consideration of the diversity in America. In Yue Yue’s case, Chinese and other races of people voiced their opinions through social media, individuals who are too far away from their home nation yet they were still able to make a difference. International donations supported for Yue Yue’s medical bills, as well as changes in policy to protect and reward good Samaritans. It also made people aware of the issue. The video was a news clip for China, yet when posted on Youtube, it sparked people’s outrage of those who do not speak Chinese or watch the Chinese news, or have international cable. Although these networking sites are commercially and privately run, it still had an effect on people to take action, spreading to Chinese, Chinese immigrants, and multiple individuals of all races. The global audiences of this video was able to mobilize, help, and have an effect on the policies toward good Samaritans in Guangzhou regardless of whether these network sites are privately run or allowed people to mobilize locally or globally.