Facebook for social change?

Hello again! Since my last post, (too long ago!) many things have transpired in the world. One of the most striking, besides my discovery of The Daily Puppy website ( http://www.dailypuppy.com/ ), is the tension in Egypt. For those of you who live under a rock, Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak stepped down after numerous protests about his 30-year-long autocratic rule. What is amazing to me about this story is how many of the protesters organized.

The majory of protestors were young Egyptian citizens, and they used various social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to organize, and sites such as YouTube to show the world what was happening. The government used a “kill switch” to shut down most of the internet access and hopefully stop the organizing. (More information about this can be found in the old NYTimes article, Dated Jan 28th-  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/29/technology/internet/29cutoff.html?_r=1

Who would have thought that Facebook could be used as a tool to overthrow a government? All that my friends and I use Facebook for is to complain about homework and put up pictures. This incident just shows how quickly social media is becoming the norm. In fact, the military rule in Egypt has started its own Facebook page, hoping to connect with the youth that was so instumental in the transition of power. The NY Post has an interesting article about this- http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/egypt_military_rulers_launch_facebook_zSAQyVMo9iaa6eIhRR3AcO .

To recap, social media is useful for more than I ever imagined, and I am exicted to see its evolution in the future.




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