Monthly Archives: November 2012

How the Internet helped – not initiated – the Arab Spring

The ability to rise up and demonstrate is not a new idea, but can be taken to greater depths with improved communication. By looking at the Arab Spring and the various protests that were had, we can see how Shirky’s … Continue reading

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Revolution & the Future

In Lisa Anderson’s Demystifying the Arab Spring, the Arab Spring is explored through three different manifestations that it took in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. Anderson is quick to point out that it is important to not think of the Arab … Continue reading

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In her article “Demystifying the Arab Spring,” Lisa Anderson describes the false concept that the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East are all connected by similarities. She explains how the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya were all rooted … Continue reading

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Facebook and Twitter and Youtube, Oh My!

        In the 2011 Arab revolts, Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya were turned upside down, their governments destroyed. Civilians fought for change and made a great deal of noise. While the occurrence of the Arab Spring is undeniable, … Continue reading

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Can we employ digital media to drive protests?

After studying the social-movements in the Arab world, I believe that social networks were partially responsible for the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. In the journal “Role of the Digital Media” Phillip N. Howard and Muzammil M. Hussain illustrate how … Continue reading

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Timing Leads to Collective Unrest in the Arab Spring

The spread of information is not a new phenomenon, as Anderson (2011) states when describing how news expands globally. However, the techniques by which the spread occurs has changed recently, and the impact of this new mechanism of sharing information … Continue reading

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Digital Media and Political Movements

In The Role of Digital Media, Philip Howard and Muzammil Hussain write extensively about the impact of digital media – the Internet, cell phones and social media – on political change in the Middle East. The authors claim that, “using … Continue reading

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