Revolutions have taken a huge part of human history around the globe over a long period of time. The basic reason for all of the revolutions has been the same: freedom. However different ways of revolutions have derided from new technologies in modern society. Since communications are one of the most important factors for people to unite together against the government, new technology has changed the “look” of the revolutions and has shortened the period. From using newspapers, letters, or even a mere use of runner messenger, an instant messages or emails take less time than one takes time to blink one’s eyes. A great example of effect of modern technology on revolution is a rebellion in Egypt. The president of Egypt, Mubarak held power for decades, and the people felt unfair and were treated unequally. Facebook, a famous social network website, has become really essential in maintaining and spreading the words of those in this rebellion that the Egyptian Government shut down the internet of the entire country. This example shows that unlike the old revolutions, today’s revolutions take less time and less violent, rather they are much more effective and united.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Revolution always begins when a group of people have different view of what is going on throughout society, whether it is positive or negative. In violent or peaceful ways the group of people try to rebel against whatever it is they are going against. Whether it is in peaceful ways such as marches, or in Egypt's case using technology such as the internet and Facebook to get the message across and ban people with the same belief together. Or on the other hand there can negative and violent rebellions. In today’s world revolutions are much more technological and advanced then what revolutions were years ago.
“The exchange on Facebook was part of a remarkable two-year collaboration that has given birth to a new force in the Arab world — a pan-Arab youth movement dedicated to spreading democracy in a region without it. Young Egyptian and Tunisian activists brainstormed on the use of technology to evade surveillance, commiserated about torture and traded practical tips on how to stand up to rubber bullets and organize barricades.
They fused their secular expertise in social networks with a discipline culled from religious movements and combined the energy of soccer fans with the sophistication of surgeons. Breaking free from older veterans of the Arab political opposition, they relied on tactics of nonviolent resistance channeled from an American scholar through a Serbian youth brigade — but also on marketing tactics borrowed from Silicon Valley.”
Monday, February 21, 2011
If there is one difference to point out between the revolution of the past and of the present, it would be the use of internet. Without a doubt, internet has influenced our lives in many aspects. For example, people no more have to either meet or send letters that will take days or more to reach. People today can send e-mail to one another or chat in Twitter or Facebook; all of them only takes a short glance to let the message sent. This online source is becoming a common apparatus over the world. It became a method in Egypt too. Ahmed Maher, who first became engaged in a political movement known as Kefaya, organized their own brigade, Youth for Change with others. They, however, could not muster enough followers because most of the follower were arrested. What gave them a change is the use of blog, use of Facebook to protest. This was more peaceful than revolting by using physical force. This is how Facebook and Twitter recently gained power over the world, connecting and organizing people into one 'group'. Even though the utility of Facebook is not shown outside visibly, it cannot be disregarded because people from various regions share ideas very easily in one place. Although the place is online, it has a greater efficacy than that in outline.
Ubiquitous internet enabled people around the world to gather without actual movement. Scandals are disclosed by news reports and people from the opposite side of the biosphere can release a comment in a second. Events occurring in Egypt can be shown to Americans and therefore not only Egyptians but also justified cosmopolitans are protesting against the unjustified. This is one aspect of the present lives and thus we are getting closer to the ideal form of democracy.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Revolutionist’s today are using much more intricate and advanced methods of revolution. Aside from the typical violence and damages, revolutionists are using more technological methods of protest. Media and internet are now great ways of getting a message across. Facebook and Twitter have been used recently to gain support for a cause. The uprising against the president in Egypt is a prime example of how the people have used media and internet to gain support or get their message across. The government even decided to cut off the internet entirely in the country in fear that the protesters would become too powerful. This emphasizes how powerful social networking really is. It is extremely effective
The New York Times article also notes the power of social networking and also puts emphasis on bloggers. NYT’s article talks about how these social networks became a base for the uprising. The protest was a very large plan in the making, in which almost all of the planning took place over the internet with people voicing their opinions and their troubles with the government and president of Egypt.