Use of Social Media in Revolutions

by StefiaMadelyne

The truth about Twitter, Facebook and the uprisings in the Arab world

Recent events in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt have been called ‘Twitter revolutions’ – but can social networking overthrow a government? Our correspondent reports from the Middle East on how activists are really using the web

The Guardian, Thursday 24 February 2011

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/25/twitter-facebook-uprisings-arab-libya

‎”Precisely how we communicate in these moments of historic crisis and transformation is important. The medium that carries the message shapes and defines as well as the message itself. The instantaneous nature of how social media communicate self-broadcast ideas, unlimited by publication deadlines and broadcast news slots, explains in part the speed at which these revolutions have unravelled, their almost viral spread across a region. It explains, too, the often loose and non-hierarchical organisation of the protest movements unconsciously modelled on the networks of the web.”

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