Source Review on “New Study Quantifies use of Social Media in Arab Spring”

This is an Article published by the University of Washington by Catherine O’Donnel. It starts by talking about how in the 21st century revolutions may not be televised, but they are likely to be tweeted, blogged, texted, and organized on Facebook. It then goes on to help explain how social media has been used in the Arab Spring.

The article compares figures of social media like how political tweets went from 2,300 a day, the week before the Egyptian revolution, to 230,000 a day, and how videos featuring protests and political commentary of the Egyptian revolution has gone viral and the top 23 videos received nearly 5.5 million views.

The article ends with explaining how social media helped organize the enemies of dictators in the Middle East, and how that led to the downfall of many corrupt leaders.

THe article was part of the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam. See the article here, and the full report here.


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