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Revolution 2.0: Social media and political changes in Egypt and beyond

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 dictatorship.   Continue reading Revolution 2.0: Social media and political changes in Egypt and beyond

[Research note] Revolution 2.0?

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.

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