Arab World Gone Wild

Revolution! Revolution! Revolution!

From Tunisia to Egypt to Libya to Bahrain to Syria and the list goes on. The people of these Arab nations have finally found the courage to revolt against their political rulers demanding for reforms and acknowledgement of their basic fundamental rights for which they have been denied.

The protests first began in Tunisia due to high rates of unemployment, government corruption and dictatorship. Their success to rid their countries of these corrupt rulers is what triggered the rest of the Arab world towards trying to achieve the same goal as well due to suffering from similar issues.

In Egypt, the 25th of January 2011 is now considered to be a memorable day, as it is the day in which their protests began leading to the oust of their president Hosni Mubarak of nearly three decades to resign on the 11th of February 2011.

What played a role and helped in the organization of these events was the use of social media, notably Facebook, Twitter and even YouTube to help spread the message. Facebook was thus used in order to plan and schedule the protests. Whereas Twitter was used in order to help synchronize between the people for them to effectively communicate amongst each other. YouTube was and remains and outstanding tool to spread the message to the rest of the world in times where the Media lacks to portray the truth behind the uprisings as well as footage banned from the public. Social media became such a powerful mechanism that in certain countries such as Egypt, officials cut off all Internet access in order to halt the spread of uprisings. As a result, social media was dubbed the primary tool for voices to be heard worldwide.



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