Arab Spring , Twitter and Facebook
Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have been quite popular for quite some time and the number of people using this two social networking website is still increasing everyday. I’m sure everyone finds this two website an entertainment. It has become part of our live for it is mostly used for communication. Despite the time and distance, information is still able to spread globally fast.
But now, social networks are not only use for entertainment such as make new friends and keep in touch with friends abroad. It is also use to spread important communication. Do not underestimate those that don’t watch the news or read newspapers. Nowadays, one can gain information such as Arab Spring through the social networks. Users can gain important information such as these on Twitter and Facebook. On Facebook, people will share article and sometimes update their status about their opinion on the issue. Same goes to Twitter, one can tweet about it and share an article or any information they manage to come across. On Twitter, one can search it up or follow the right account or do both.
“Adherents of the view that digital tool of social networking such as Facebook and Twitter can summon up social revolutions out of the ether.” Evgeny Morozov (2011)
I came across an article that I find rather interesting. Social network plays a big role for it helped Arab Spring plans on doing protest. Countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen uses this to help plan protest and organized just about everything through the social networks.
“We use Facebook to schedule the protest” an active Arab Spring activitist from Egypt announced “and we use Twitter to coordinates, and Youtube to tell the world.”
Social networks have broken the psychological barrier of fear. How so? Well through social networks one can help many to connect and share information. Through this, it has given the people from the Arab world knowledge that they are not alone for there are others experiencing just as much brutality, hardships and of course lack of justice.
Morozov, E 2011, Facebook and Twitter are just places revolutionaries go, The Guardian, accessed 28/10/2012, http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/07/facebook-twitter-revolutionaries-cyber-utopians
Kassim, S 2012, Twitter Revolution: How the Arab Spring Was Helped By Social Media, policymic , accessed 28/10/2012, http://www.policymic.com/articles/10642/twitter-revolution-how-the-arab-spring-was-helped-by-social-media