With the emergence of such sites as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube within the past decade, the ways that protests (peaceful or not) have been organised and participated in has been revolutionised. Recent protests and revolutions such as the #ArabSpring (2011) and the Euromaiden Revolution in Ukraine (2013-14) were witnessed all over the world with the use of hashtags on Twitter (predominantly) and Facebook, grouping thoughts and reports of the goings-on of the physical protests, which were originally organised on these very platforms. As reported by The National, it is suggested that Facebook and Twitter were key to the events of the Arab Spring, with months of civil unrest and politically motivated events being reported in real-time with little to no interruption; although when there was, it prompted protestors to push on and continue their fight.
From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, a peaceful protest challenging the social and economical inequality, greed, corruption and ‘the perceived undue influence of corporations on government, these protests are very much alike. Although the Occupy movement was organised on in Adbusters publication and not social media. both protests and displays of the peoples voice were possible because of the Internet, grouping common thoughts and ideas in one place on a platform accessible by all, with no injustice or hierarchical order. Give a PERSON the opportunity to speak and inspire yourself – give the PEOPLE a platform and inspire the world.
The Arab Spring in 2 minutes
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Huang, C, 2011. Facebook and Twitter Key to Arab Spring Uprisings: Report, The National. accessed 20/10/15 > http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/facebook-and-twitter-key-to-arab-spring-uprisings-report
Occupy Wall Street Wikipedia page. Accessed 20/10/2015 > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Wall_Street
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