Social media: enemy of the state or power to the people from mobilizing young voters here in the us to the roots of the arab spring in the middle east, twitter, youtube, facebook and others. The transnational effects of social media in the arab spring the cases of egypt and tunisia [björn schubert] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers. Media impact on arab spring political protests new media outlets that use bitly are more likely to spread information outside the region than inside it, acting like a megaphone more than a rallying cry.
Business impact connectivity as the arab spring convulsed the middle east in 2011 and authoritarian leaders toppled one after another, i traveled the region to try to understand the role. The role of social media in the arab spring, the authors of the report analyzed various aspects of social media's impact on the arab region,. Gmj: mediterranean edition 8(1) fall 2012 10 explaining the role and the impact of the social media in the arab spring christos a frangonikolopoulos ioannis chapsos abstract the paper examines how the efforts of ordinary people in the arab street to move away with compliance and toleration from authoritarian regimes, also allowed them, once the opportunity arose, to invest in and use. The new social media and the arab spring rather than having the desired effect of calming the situation, the attempt to regain control appears to have resulted.
The arab spring's impact on the middle east has been profound, even if in many places its final outcome might not become clear for at least a generation protests that spread across the region in early 2011 started a long-term process of political and social transformation, marked in the initial stages primarily by political turbulence, economic difficulties, and even conflict. Egypt five years on: was it ever a 'social media revolution' at times during 2011, the term arab spring became interchangeable with twitter uprising or. Did social media like facebook and twitter cause the revolution no and that's where modern communications technology has had the most potent impact author of the new arab journalist. Behavior and the operational environment a monograph b y revolutions and the arab spring the effect of social media on crowd behavior, the role of. Social media has been a mixed blessing for the arab spring the international media was churning out endless articles about the impact of social media on the.
Dr eleanor gao from the institute of arab and islamic studies provides an insight into this question visit: wwwexeteracuk/iais. The impact of social media on social movements: a case study of the 2009 iranian green spring 2012 washington state university the arab region in particular. Social media and the arab spring • did social media act as a vital catalyst for protest activism • or has the impact been exaggerated. For more on social media and the arab spring, see the book distant witness, by andy carvin did twitter and facebook cause the tunisian revolution and the protests in egypt not according to malcolm gladwell, since he and others have questioned the role of social media in social change. Ghonim's memoir is a welcome and cleareyed addition to a growing list of volumes that have aimed (but often failed) to meaningfully analyze social media's impact.
The arab spring spawned a series of revolutionary movements that are unique in that they utilized social media as an effective means to spread information and promote insurgent agendas this revelation deserves consideration in all future discussions of revolutions and the concepts of ideology. The arab spring was a series of anti-government protests, uprisings and armed rebellions that spread across the middle east in early 2011 but their purpose, relative success, and outcome remain hotly disputed in arab countries, among foreign observers, and between world powers looking to cash in on. Preface this report investigates the impact of social media upon social unrest during the arab spring and is designed to test the common hypothesis that facebook , twitter and other social media outlets had a significant impact on the outbreak of protests in the mena region.
Since the arab spring movement of early 2011, many have sought to understand the role played by internet users and social media platforms in overturning oppressive and totalitarian regimes. The impact of social media on the arab spring uprising in egypt: an essay to discuss cause versus acceleration [scott a stawski] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the focus of this essay is to provide an analysis of the effect of social media on the arab spring uprising in egypt in 2011. The arab spring revealed social media's greatest potential, but it also exposed its greatest shortcomings the same tool that united us to topple dictators eventually tore us apart.
Social media and the arab spring articles as if the media have some impact beyond the actions of those who use them this of course is incorrect social media. The arab spring and the internet: research roundup one that recognizes that new media can have both positive and negative effects social media and the arab. Arab spring in tunisia and egypt: the impact of new media on contemporary social movements the impact of new media on contemporary social movements and. Almost immediately after the arab uprisings began, there was debate over the role and influence of social media in the ouster of tunisian president zine el abidine ben ali and the imminent overthrow of mubarak in covering what some deemed the facebook or twitter revolutions, the media focused.
Social media impact on arab spring 11 to get a better understanding of social media, a person has to understand that social media is the tool that changed how people demand their rights, and express their opinions. Recent studies that have looked specifically at the role of social media in the arab spring emphasize the impact that political, social, and. The arab spring is a revolutionary movement in north africa and the middle east, which began in december 2010 with the tunisian revolution - before spreading to other arab countries, such as egypt, syria, and libya, amongst others while the arab spring was not predicted by political commentators.