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.

References:

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

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One response to “Arab Spring , Twitter and Facebook”

  1. cleochong says :

    I agree to the concept where social network have broken the psychological barrier of fear. People posting about the government abuse, allows other who have the same experience to know they are not alone in the matter. They could stand up and fight against the government. We could take the Bersih 3.0 as an example too. In the past when protest are being done, the organizers have to walk door to door asking for participants and giving talk about the protest. But with the Facebook and twitter, it just 3 simple steps. First, create a Facebook group or Twitter group, den state the purpose of the event and venue than start to invite people. And when the news is spread, it will automatically spread throughout nations. Even Malaysian in Australia was able to receive the news about protest in Malaysia and do the same over there. That’s the power of Facebook and Twitter, government can no longer look down on social networking.

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