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[4 Apr 2012 | 14 Comments | 1,937 views]
[Publication] Clicks, Cabs, and Coffee Houses: Social Media and Oppositional Movements in Egypt, 2004–2011

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My article on social media and 2011 Egypt revolt has been published. It is published as:
Lim, M. (2012), Clicks, Cabs, and Coffee Houses: Social Media and Oppositional Movements in Egypt, 2004–2011. Journal of Communication, 62: 231–248. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2012.01628.x

Due to copyright issue, however, I cannot share the published version for download from my own server, you thus should download from its original source.

For those who’re interested to read but don’t have access to the journal, I can email you the file. Just post me  your email address (send to my email or leave …

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[11 Jul 2011 | 3 Comments | 4,529 views]
Slate.com: Tahrir Square Was a Foreseeable Surprise?

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Slate Magazine asked me to provide a short essay on the social media and Egypt revolt as part of my forthcoming talk in DC, so I did, here it is: http://www.slate.com/id/2298948/.
Meanwhile, please find below the longer version — unedited one.
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The emergence of online collective actions has driven much attention and recently made headlines based on what has transpired politically in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa. However, there is very little research devoted to deepen our understanding of this phenomenon. Our knowledge on …

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[14 May 2011 | 14 Comments | 2,353 views]
Against Pharaohs: Cinematic Timeline of Egypt Popular Protests (2003-2011)

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I did a cinematic (and better!) version of the TimeLine I used in my Revolution 2.0? lecture. All data used here is based on my own research. I did all graphic and videographer work, including editing. Music used for this video is from the song entitled “Egypt Revolution” by Yassir El Scarabeuz (featured Omima).

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[29 Mar 2011 | 6 Comments | 2,660 views]
[Presentation] Revolution 2.0?

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Please find below my presentation tonight. I was informed today that the lecture was recorded by ASU and is available for viewing here. Thank you for attending the lecture, physically and virtually.

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[22 Mar 2011 | 7 Comments | 3,723 views]
Revolution 2.0: Social media and political changes in Egypt and beyond

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Will be webcasted online here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cspo
Excerpt from http://asunews.asu.edu/20110325_onlineactivism
Online activism in the Middle East did not begin in Tahrir Square on January 25, but has been evolving for many years.  In this lecture, “Revolution 2.0: Social media and political changes in Egypt and beyond,” CSPO’s Merlyna Lim will chronicle how the Internet, including social media, facilitated the emergence of new networks of opposition to the ruling regime in Egypt, and how such networks and their converging narratives were translated into coordinated mass actions that led to a relatively peaceful overthrow of a …

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[28 Feb 2011 | 6 Comments | 17,453 views]
[Research note] Revolution 2.0?

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This is not an in-depth analysis. Just a rant for now.
The day Mubarak fell, NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel Tweeted the photo below, telling the world about an Egyptian protester holding a sign that said, “Thank you, Facebook.” The photo has been viral since then and has become a powerful symbol prompting the causal-effect of social media for democracy.