The uprisings in Egypt and social media

To quote E.B. Boyd in a Fast Company article, “Did Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube send people out into the streets? Of course not. Did they speed up the process of protest? Absolutely.”

Read about the recent protests and the use of social media and the blocking of the internet in these recent articles:

Al-Jazeera has called for social media help after being shut down by the Egyptian government:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/30/egypt-shuts-down-al-jazeera-operations

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=12799870

http://www.fastcompany.com/1722492/how-social-media-accelerated-the-uprising-in-egypt

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-pell/egypt-twitter-and-the-str_b_815906.htm

http://globalvoicesonline.org/specialcoverage/egypt-protests-2011/

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/01/28/egypt-an-internet-blackhole/

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About janpatricequarles

MTSU Professor of Mass Communication
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