The Impact Of Social Media On The Arab Countries And The Middle East Tossed

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The wave of unrest in the Arab countries and the Middle East tossed the attention to the role of technology, more precisely social media. In the past decade many scholars stated that social media played a crucial role in bringing down dictatorial regimes, in Egypt and Tunisia in particular. The revolutions in the Arab world were the first ones in which social media were used extensively to call for social and political change. In addition, many analysts argued that Egypt’s uprising represented a Facebook revolution. Youth used social media to express their grievances against the regime, challenge political authority and organize social movement against Mubarak’s rule. This new media became a tool for organizing and mobilizing people, youth in particular, to establish a foundation for revolutions to bring about sustainable peace.
The potential of social media exists in their ability to make actions more participatory, especially for young people, widespread users of technology. The strongest case for the fundamentally transformative effects of the new media may lie in the general emergence of a public sphere capable of eroding the ability of states to monopolize information and argument, of pushing for transparency and accountability, and of facilitating new networks across society. The youth of today are challenging tradition and engaging in activist practices, effectively utilizing the potential of current technologies and specifically social media. More precisely, social…

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