The readings for this week are outlining how the international community, specifically the American government could impact the change to democracy abroad.
Cohn is bringing attention to the fact that America.gov is deciding to channel its efforts to various social media platforms. She claims that “the social media movement in Egypt ‘validated’ the shift strategy” and therefore further encouraged social media platforms to be used by the government. This new technology has also brought a new language as a new way of communicating. Shorter stories and messages are now being composed to deliver the same type of information. This information is also spreading in multiple languages. In class we talked about how people of the Middle East tweeted in English and now our government is “’ramping up’ their translation efforts” (Cohn). This movement is interesting because the advent of social media is now being more salient even in more professional and traditional contexts.
Abdo talks about the way the Iranian Revolution is urging the western world to contribute and help democratize their government. He also believes that the Green Movement specifically could benefit. What he is saying could possibly be true that if the Government puts more pressure on the Iranians then they will fold to democracy however, this may not be very effective. I think that these issues are very complicated and enough people in the Middle East are not using social media, which is the bottom line. It needs to be more prevalent in their society to actually have majority support and be an integral tool.
Do you think that social media could actually push a country towards democracy?