Blog 6: Arab Spring

There are two videos that engages with the Arab Spring and the impact of the cyber technologies and the Internet

One of the videos, titled, ‘ Images of a Revolution’ specifically discusses the role of images that became powerful political tools in the context of the Uprisings in the Arab world and the creative use of social networking, mobile phones and the internet. The second video is a scholarly perspective of the use of social media in the Arab Spring.

Based on the videos discuss the impact of the Internet on these political upheavals in the Arab world.

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2 thoughts on “Blog 6: Arab Spring

    Chester Hojnicki said:
    June 24, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    It is hard to deny the influential role that social media played during the Arab Spring. In fact, it was so influential, that many often ask the question of whether or not the Arab Spring was a “Facebook Revolution”. Although the many western experts deny the truth to this statement, many Egyptians will respond more positively. The Arab Spring was a revolution that depended on many different platforms in order to occur, however it is important to address whether or not it would have happened without the help of social media. In many ways the time of the Arab Spring could not have been more perfect, and this was because of four primary factors. First, the Arab world’s population was incredibly young when the revolution began as many countries were undergoing a massive youth bulge in which younger citizens are the dominant age group in societies. Second, long-term unemployment had ultimately created massive public discontent with governments who slacked in their efforts to create new jobs. Thirdly, a more subtle social revolution was underway which would be responsible for shifting the pre-existing social norms in a way that had no been done before, such as the promotion of democratic principles and economic freedom. Finally, and arguably the most important occurrence, was the technological revolution that engaged a critical mass of citizens through increased access to cyberspace. The culmination of these social factors and discontent with governance combined with a massive platform like the internet and third party social media created a spark that ultimately was responsible for igniting a revolution.

    Todd Moores said:
    June 24, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    One of the fastest and largest growing facet of the internet today has been social media and the idea of constantly being connected to a large cyber community through programs, like Facebook and Twitter. There is no denying that social media platforms proven ability to be extremely effective political tools, specifically for those aiming to bring down a regime. A picture, or even a video, has the ability tell a story in a matter of seconds and in today’s technology driven world we all have cameras and video records on our person at all time with our phones. Through the uses of taking pictures and video footage with our phones, anyone has the ability to break stories and become a journalist. In the cases of Arab Springs this was not professionals capturing the footage, but rather regular people who happen the capture these important moments that become the driving force for change and ultimately toppling the regime. One aspect of social media that became apparent during Arab Springs was how quickly images could go viral and be shared all over the world . Platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, are very effective at spreading developing stories on real time. One man can capture an image, share it to his followers on Twitter, then the followers share the photo so his followers can now view the images, and the pattern continues. And with thousands of protesters all taking photos or video content of the protests during Arab Springs, the footages was able to reach followers from around the world. During a time on revolution the images that come out from these times have the ability to spread like wild fire. The fact that the Arab Spring protests took place during a time when social media websites were beginning to become globally uses platforms only made the internets impact during this time much bigger.

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