“Twitter or Facebook Revolutions”

arab-uprisingOur generation is lucky because we are born in the era of technology which makes our lives easier in many ways. The new social media is a tool which mostly affects our lives nowadays. As Malcolm Gladwel points out in his article, the new social media have reinvented social activism, too. Facebook and Twitter bind the relationships between political authority and popular wills. They also help us to share information about an issue, makes it easier for powerless to collaborate and give their voice. For example, social network tools such as Twitter and Facebook are used as “Revolution Tools” in Arab Uprisings of 2011. These were tumultuous events in North Arfica and Middle East, that became known as “Arab Uprisings” in the beginning og 2011. Mass protests which initiated in Tunusia and continued in Egipt, in short time spread to other Arab states, including Morocco, Algeria, Yemen , Oman, Bahrain, Libya, Syria, Iran, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia; and the common aim was to challenge repressive, anti-democratic nature of their regimes. They wanted human rights, democracy, an ent to the corruption and better living conditions. Many protests took place fort he reasons that I have mentioned. However, those events are not striking just because of their historical momentousness and fast succession across many countries, but also because of the different ways in which media and communications became infused inside them. Additionally, some of them are labeled as “Twitter Revolutions” or “Facebook Revolutions” and this shows the justice to the media coplexities involved. Social media was used in order to coordinate mass protests, to communicate about real-time images and up-to-date information, or for process of contagion across the Arab region. So, in short, it is clear that new social media plays one of the most important roles in interpreting an issue and spreading it to other places, but still the reliability of it can be an arguable question.


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