The Arab Spring and the Internet: And the ultimate outcomes may color how initial events are interpreted in the longer view of history. The suicide of street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi is widely seen as having sparked the rebellion that brought down the Tunisian government and then spread to EgyptLibya and beyond. In particular, his suicide was filmed and facts were adjusted to frame the death in a way that appealed to a broad range of Tunisians.
In covering what some deemed the Facebook or Twitter revolutions, the media focused heavily on young protesters mobilizing in the streets in political opposition, smartphones in hand.
And since then, the violent and sectarian unrest in Syria has brought increased attention to the role of citizen journalism.
Networks formed online were crucial in organizing a core group of activists, specifically in Egypt. In July a report was published by the United States Institute of Peace based on an extensive content analysis of bit.
The authors came to some conclusions that countered the initial assumption that social media was a causal mechanism in the uprisings. When looking specifically at those with a college education, use of social media for obtaining political information is more prevalent than in other segments of the population.
Passing along information is an important part of the news process.
Earlier PEJ research finds the role of Twitter in disseminating breaking news is not limited to the Arab uprisings — the death of Whitney Houston, for example, was announced on Twitter 55 minutes prior to the AP confirming the story.
In addition to keeping up with the online presence of larger news organizations, Arab-American media are forced to compete with user-generated content that is rapidly available to audiences. Newspapers have made the greatest inroads here so far, with most offering at least some form of digital content, while still maintaining print versions for older generations and those who prefer a physical newspaper.
Radio programs, in light of the continuing challenge to find advertising sponsorship, are beginning to shift online. Arab-American television, on the other hand, has yet to even really find a place amid the satellite programming available from Arab countries.Yet, the role of social media and digital networks were mediatized in the global public sphere during the Arab Spring as an unprecedented phenomenon.
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"Social media has certainly played a part in the Arab Spring Revolutions but its impact is often exaggerated on the inside.