Friday, February 18, 2011

Apparatus of Revolution by Tomasz Cichon

Social networking is definitely an apparatus revolution today. People use social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to let others know what is going on in their area or country politically. Protesters and revolutionaries can have their voice heard through social networking. In Egypt, people contributed to the revolution against the president by news updates, media/politicians' reactions, and sending protest updates via social networks, SMS, and even e-mail. This expresses how far technology has come to provide other people in this world with crucial news of what is happening in their country. All of the messages and comments posted by the protesters on Facebook easily indicated what the demonstrators were planning to do: overthrow the 30-year dictatorship regime of Mubarak. They succeeded peacefully. Social Networking, therefore, helped participants in the revolution demonstrate their logistics and coordinate their ideas. Twitter and blogs were used to mobilize people all over Egypt. Social Networking was surely an apparatus for revolution in this case. In earlier times, people were often banned by the dictators in their country from using the Internet or from contact with outside forces. People had no way of getting their message across. By Social Networking, protesters successfully got their message and ideas across to others and made a huge difference in Egypt. The voices of the people in Egypt were able to be heard, and action took place against the government, which is great. Without social networking, this probably wouldn't have taken place. I feel that we truly witnessed a significant event in world history.
"There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. This is one of those moments. This is one of those times. The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same." - President Obama.

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