In The Role of Digital Media, the story of political change with regards to the emergence of social media is told in terms of the globalization of news. While before digital technology it was difficult and costly to transmit important information, the creation of Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets have changed the way and rate at which we receive our news. One of the most consistent narratives from Arabic civil society leaders has been the Internet. The leaders use these technologies and allow people interested in democracy to build extensive networks to share their stories. Ultimately, these people can organize political action with speed and fluency, and their virtual efforts and values were able to be tangibly organized on the street level. All of this contributes to a more open dialogue of discussion regarding political action and the voice of citizens.
This, of course, is the liberal side of the argument. There are controls set in place, which allow regimes to crack down on Facebook and similar applications. While they do their best to control the online sphere, we have learned that it is virtually impossible to block all sites and most Internet savvy users will find a way to get their voice heard and find users with similar interests and goals. Zeynep Tufekci & Christopher Wilson studied social media in general, particularly Facebook, and the ways that these new outlets provide untapped sources of information that the regimes cannot easily control, and thus these pieces of information are crucial in shaping how citizens would make individual decisions about engaging in political action. So while the regimes can try to hinder the progress of these activist groups, through personal contact via face-to-face interaction, phone calls, and with the help of Facebook and other social media sites, it is clear that the power of the people will eventually prevail over the control of the regime.