The Twitter #Revolution

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

Resources

Beaumont, P, 2011. The Truth About Twitter, Facebook and the Uprisings in the Arab World, The Guardian. Accessed 20/10/2015 > http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/feb/25/twitter-facebook-uprisings-arab-libya?CMP=share_btn_tw

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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7 comments

  1. Really well written post.
    It’s interesting that a new social media technology that’s used in so many mundane ways can empower a huge number of people in their actions against whoever is oppressing them.

  2. What an interesting comparison to make, I’ve often looked at and heard the Arab Spring spoken about throughout this topic but never looked at it as a comparison to Occupy Wall Street. Really useful video as well for those that dont understand what the Arab Spring is.

  3. This is a really well written post, Todd. Although your meme takes a little bit of a back seat in this post, that isn’t a huge issue as your aggregated links and comparison between the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street Movements, really carry the post well. I feel you have made a few parts of the lecture a little clearer in this post.

    I guess the only real improvement I could suggest is try relating the contextual post back to your initial meme, but other then that, excellent work!

  4. I liked how you added The National’s findings that describes the impact of Facebook and Twitter being important key factors to the events of Arab Spring an it’s influence to push on and continue the fight. That evidence definitely backs up your ideas presented in your blog. The video is also suitable in providing a background of the issue which is in a good format and allows your blog to explain everything necessary without actually having too much reading. Great work!

  5. You meme is so good Todd! Hahhaha well done. Using really good examples you have explained the Social Revolution really well and have made it easy to understand. Again, this is a situation that shows how important the Internet is, and how powerful it can be. I found the video you linked to be really interesting too, well done Todd 🙂

  6. “displays of the peoples voice were possible because of the Internet, grouping common thoughts and ideas in one place” Is a very relevant way to sum it all up.

    It is obvious to see how easily people can group together on social media, with a more relatable example being ‘keyboard warriors’ who often come together and pick on one person via social media platform. It is definitely awesome to see the flip side where it is used for good!

    Really social media platforms make it easy to network and group together, sometimes without physically grouping together.

    That Arab spring video you used was a good summary, so thanks for posting that too.

  7. yeah really liked how you talked about the impact twitter has had on giving people a voice and allowing that voice to be heard at a greater proportion. Well done

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