It is no new occurrence for people to rise up against their governments. In the Middle East, this is happening once again on a very large scale, but the reason for the uprisings isn’t like any of the previous ones. In the 21st century we have more technology than ever before (this post is part that technology) and information now travels faster than ever before. Social media has created a world where it is almost impossible to hide secrets, what happens in one part of the world is known everywhere.
The result of that is that countries in the Middle East, that once where able to practice “shady” forms of government, can no longer continue along the current path of operations. This change in the Middle East is referred to as the Arab Spring.