Digital Scaffolding

Howard writes that new information and communication technologies contributed a great deal to the Arab Spring. He also notes that there is a connection between the most developed countries involved on social media and how dramatic the protests were. In other words, use of social media allowed these countries to produce much stronger results.

This is why I believe that had it not been for social media, the Arab Spring would not have occurred. Or, it would have occurred, but wouldn’t have had nearly the splash that it did, and the results would’ve been far subdued. Howard harps on a “strategic minority,” also known as the 10-20 percent of Middle Eastern or North African civilians with Internet access. This demographic was crucial to this revolutionary time period. Without social media, this demographic would be significantly downsized.

In your opinion, what would the Arab Spring have looked like without the social media tactics?

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