Lynch writes a piece detailing how the availability and access to social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, or popular news source Al Jazeera did not cause the unrest in the Arab world but rather assisted in bringing public awareness to the events occurring in the Middle East. He speaks on the importance of the “new Arab Public sphere” which lead to the creation of what are referred to as “hashtag protests.” The latter becomes an issue of importance when speaking on the “new Arab Public sphere” itself, or the online community of bloggers, activisits, and tweeters who create a quasi-united front of Arabs that create a realm of understanding and unity between separate, but united Arab countries. “Hashtag protests” emerge as a by-product as this form of revolution is meant to keep track of the day that protests occur, although they did not necessarily have the greatest of impacts on an urge for r...
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...who are unable to wrap their heads around the concept of the varied degrees of revolution and protesting currently occurring in the Middle East and will continue to happen until such issues can be handled peacefully. With the recent resurgence of militant groups such as ISIS, it can only be further brought into question how soon any of the issues will be resolved. Lynch does a wonderful job elaborating on previous events in history that have lead to a “veteran” group of protestors arising and taking charge to influence public and political policy, the rise of social media’s sharing and unification powers, and the role in which the United States will have to take in order to accomplish any goals they have set for themselves from a foreign policy perspective as well as assisting in aiding those countries still building a political and social infrastructure of their own.
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