Social media is not just used by the protestors, though. It is being used by all parties involved. Government aids in some middle Eastern countries are using sites to send out messages to confuse the populous, foreign journalists and iReporters are tweeting and blogging about events, and protestors are taking cell phone pictures in areas that foreign journalists aren’t allowed. All in all, social media is being credited by most as fueling the flames of rebellion.
And just as Egyptian activists succeed in their fight against Mubarak, Libyan protestors step up more strongly to show discontent with Muammar Gaddafi, the dictator of the country that has been in power since a coup in 1969. And Algerians aren’t the end of the story. Each time the CNN webpage updates, it seems, there is a new country revolting. Cameroon and Mauritania have recently surfaced. And think of the camaraderie. The Egyptian facebook page that gets much credit for inciting the major rebellions had a comment saying, “people of the Algeria are with you.”
It is impossible to deny the power of social networking after watching the news and learning of the events going on in the Middle East and North Africa. This is an unprecedented time in the history of the world. People are gaining power, support, organization, and knowledge by connecting and hearing of others in countries where people live in similar situations under similar dictatorial leaders. I write about this not to take a political stance, as I am not informed enough to do so, but to share with you that these events will ultimately be significant to us all. It’s raising awareness of the power of social media while simultaneously making the world aware of the situations that many people around the world face.
There is a lot more I could say on this topic, but I will stop there. I just think this is something that can’t and shouldn’t be ignored for a multitude of reasons.
I don’t have any questions for you but would love to hear your thoughts.