Global Voices · Citizen media stories from around the world. Revolution, Facebook-Style - Can Social Networking Turn Young Egyptians Into a Force for Democratic Change? The Internet Freedom Fallacy and the Arab Digital activism « sami ben gharbia. Diamond-21-3.pdf (application/pdf Object) Media & Mass Communications: The limits of Facebook and Twitter. Analysis by Anne Allmeling. Since the beginning of the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, social media such as Facebook and Twitter have attracted more attention than ever.
Not only did anti-government activists manage to mobilize protesters with the help of the Internet. They also disseminated information much quicker than traditional media outlets. So how did social media affect the traditional media in Arab countries? And how big a role did it play for toppling the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt? “It was definitely a factor but I think it has been exaggerated,” said Blake Hounshell, Managing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine, in an interview with Al Arabiya. Mr. Mishaal Al Gergawi, a columnist based in the United Arab Emirates, shares Mr. “I think social media played an important role but it did not play a founding role.
According to the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center’s report “Egypt from Tahrir to Transition,” the uprisings in Egypt were “not a Facebook revolution.” Arab Media & Society. From Digiactive.org under a Creative Commons License Observers of the Egyptian April 6th Facebook Group and its online mobilization in 2008 lavished attention on the possibilities of so-called “Facebook activism.”
Western journalists and activists alike touted the potential of using Facebook to organize, a process imagined as “tapping into the ready-made structure of online social networks to make joining a group as quick as a click of a button.” On the valuable piece of real estate known as the Washington Post’s op-ed page, Nir Boms hailed Facebook as the latest weapon against authoritarian regimes in the Middle East. “Facebook,” he claimed, “is quickly turning into a hotbed of ‘actual’ activism - a cause for alarm for many autocratic regimes in the Middle East....” Newsweek’s Jack Fairweather called Facebook “an important platform for dissent” in the Middle East. Activism and demonstrations in authoritarian Egypt.
iRevolution: Online Warriors of The Arab Spring. iRevolution: Online Warriors of the Arab Spring premieres Sunday, June 19, 8:00pm ET & PT CNN correspondent Amber Lyon reports from the digital edges of the democratic revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Bahrain on the movements spreading through North Africa and the Middle East.
Using computers and cell phones, and social media like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, young citizen journalists have leveraged the technology of the Internet to call out injustices, demand democratic change, organize protests, and share news about how to evade authorities desperately trying to contain the spread of revolution. CNN Presents – iRevolution: Online Warriors Of The Arab Spring debuts Sunday, June 19 at 8:00p.m. ET and PT it replays on Saturday, June 25 at 8:00p.m. ET and PT on CNN/U.S. From Tunisia, Lyon’s team travels to Cairo to report on activists Gigi Ibrahim and Mona Seif who are using the Internet to hold the new Egyptian government accountable for its actions, including allegations of torture.
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