2-18-11: Social Media in the Middle East

February 18, 2011 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

Citizens of countries throughout the Middle East were risking their lives to air grievances against their rulers long before Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg even enrolled at Harvard nine years ago. This year, though, they’ve taken to the streets in unprecedented numbers, and they’re using social media to organize themselves.

The phrase “Twitter Revolution” is now being thrown around in the media. Is that overstating it? Or is social media fundamentally changing the dynamic between governments and their citizens?

Today we turn to our social media gurus to help us answer that question. Nathan Jurgenson and P.J. Rey are Ph.D. candidates in sociology at the University of Maryland, and they blog at Cyborgology.

Web extra: Nathan and P.J. discuss the lessons of the Egyptian revolution’s use of social media for other democracy activists, plus the potential for the U.S. State Department to support democracy activism online:

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