Week 13 – Spinweber

A common theme in recent readings has been an analysis of social media’s effectiveness.  There are authors that say Twitter is more influential because of the popularity it has built through word of mouth as opposed to actual outcome; there are those that say Twitter is the basis of revolutions across the world.  This week, the authors looked at Twitter and other social media as it relates to the Arab Spring and more specifically the Egyptian Revolution.  Do you see Twitter and Facebook as a primary source of these strong revolutionary feelings among the people?  Does social media have these necessary strong ties both on and offline?

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3 Responses to Week 13 – Spinweber

  1. spriel says:

    I am a little skeptical of the fact that social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook can incite revolutions. In order to gather support for a revolution and encourage activists to protest, strong ties must be created. SNS create weak ties, and Morozov would claim that these aren’t influential enough to cause a revolution. However, the power of social media has increased since the 2009 Iranian revolutions, which makes these authors claims of Twitter’s influence seem to be more reputable.

  2. sargwa1 says:

    While I do not think social networking sites specifically are the basis of revolutions all over the world, like many authors we have read, I believe that it is those who utilize these sites who are really behind these revolutions. Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook can help people spread the word by posting information about a cause or creating events that make others aware of things that are going on. Connections stronger than just those of Facebook friends or people following each other on Twitter are necessary however, in order to cause a revolution. Like many of the authors have noted, social networking is just a useful tool rather than the exact cause of a revolution or social movement.

  3. karensaukas says:

    I do not think that Twitter and Facebook are a source for the feelings that some have in oppressed countries. I do believe that social media does inspire some that are oppressed to join or create revolutions because it offers a chance that their struggles and thoughts will be heard. I think social media can lead to offline action, but only when previous networks offline are already established. Social media helps, but is not the cause and solution in itself.

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