The Arab Spring affected not only politics, but daily civil life in much of the Middle East. The revolts in the Middle East began in Tunisia when Muhammad Buazizi set himself on fire on December 17th, 2010 (Lesch, Haas 230). Protests in this area began to spr... ... middle of paper ... ...ion and uprisings usually don’t accompany these problems. One of the main reasons the activist groups became so forceful was due to the media emphasizing it. The media made a bigger deal out of the Arab Spring than necessary, so the word spread across the countries and it brought courage into more people everywhere causing the revolts to continue to grow.
The Egyptian Revolution was fueled by the use of social media by the younger generations, which used the said media outlets to plan rallies and get their stories to the masses. The young people of Egypt were not the only people who wanted to see the Mubarak regime to fall the laboring class also joined in on the protest which started the revolution (El-Bendary 2013). The Egyptian Revolution was successful since Mubarak was taken out of office but at the cost of thousands of lives. I want to look at both the violent and non-violent aspects of the revolution and how they allowed for the political change to
In 2011 an extraordinary wave of mass demonstrations swept all over the Middle East. Enormous mass mobilization toppled leaders in Tunisia and Egypt, helped spark bloody battle in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya, and essentially reshaped the regime in the area. Social media got a lot of attention during the Arab uprising. Some studies gave the social media major credit for being platform for starting, guiding the civil revolutions, and playing a significant role in the uprisings. While other studies proved that social media did not deserve glorification.
For example, the protest lasted eighteen days in Egypt 2011; the activists and protesters used Twitter to organize and arrange their uprisings. Twitter helped the protesters immediately inform and alert each other to police movements. According to Mourtada and Salem, the most common trending hashtags across the Arab region in the first three months of 2011 was ‘#egypt’ with 1.4 million mentions (16). By including ‘#egypt’ in their tweets, any Twitter users could involve and coordinate in the Egyptian demonstrations. As a result, the volume of tweets ‘#egypt’ increased extremely.
Over the past few years, social media has had a significant effect on the communication, knowledge, and public reaction to assorted topics in our society today. Social media has been a great addition to our society today in helping spread news more quickly and makes us communicate more efficiently, but the negatives overshadow the positives. Specific types of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have been a catalyst to giving people the opportunities to expose topics and voice their opinions to the public eye. We see athletes, celebrities, and politicians being affected by this every day. In our lives today, everyone has lost their right to privacy due to the expansions and advances of social media.
In late 2010, a Tunisian named Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest against the poor economic situation in which he was living (CNN, 2011). Other Tunisians soon took the opportunity to resist their government and possible overthrow the leadership of Ben Ali. They took it as their responsibility to fight for the common good. Simple demonstration against the Tunisian government soon went ahead to an extent that Ben Ali had to leave the country. The events that followed the departures of the Tunisian president were the least expected.
18 days after his suicide attempt, Bouazizi... ... middle of paper ... ...as backfired itself by allowing different political parties to also demand to speak up and deliver contradicting point of views from one another like in Egypt and Tunisia. Although the eviction of dictatorial rulers was fascinating but for that reason governmental systems collapsed and none of them have been able to satisfy at least the majority of the people likewise in Tunisia and Egypt. In conclusion, the Arab spring might have chained down some groundbreaking rules and allowed more freedom of speech which could be superb. Without doubt it created a huge stamp in history and throughout the whole world but the consequences have generated tremendous losses in all kinds of aspects that have enormously damaged current conditions of each and every country. But to them it really didn’t matter as long as the reward is exactly what they were seeking or fighting for.
The Arab Spring: Why has the Arab Spring produced different results across the Middle East? In the Arab world in late 2010, starting in Tunisia and flowering in Egypt, a movement of people frustrated by their governments, corrupt leaders and a lack of jobs suddenly felt safe to take to the streets. The Arab Spring began when a young Tunisian man set himself on fire to protest government corruption and poor economic conditions. This action inspired a wave of protests across Tunisia, which ultimately resulted in the ousting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power. The success of the political uprising in Tunisia sparked similar unrest throughout much of the Arab World and Middle East, most notably within Libya, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, and Yemen.
The Arab Spring revolution initiated in 2011, considered an extra ordinary wave of popular protest swept the Arab world in particular and Middle East in general. This massive protest contributed in causing many changes in the region, leaders in Tunisia, Yemen, Libya and Egypt were ousted that had been ruling for a long time, also it helped spark bloody struggle in Bahrain, and Syria, and finally reshaped the nature of politics in the region. It is worth mentioning that Internet-based social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Weblogs, and YouTube played a noticeable role in many of these protests, through facilitating and organization of protests and attracting international attention of the world, via spreading words, news, photos and videos. The progressing Arab Spring unrests of 2011 have encouraged a sprouting dialog between political pundits, academics and journalists regard the role of social media and networking as a device for political protests towards administration change and pro-democracy movements. For instance, some political intellectuals, academics ...
While many people throughout the world see social media as a trendy new application in the service of personal amusement, the political upheavals in the Arab world have shown how it can change the dynamics of modern day activism. The Arab Spring Uprising interlaced social unrest with a technological revolution. Blogs, news websites, twitter feeds, and political list servers became avenues for communication, information flow and solidarity. Being capable of sharing an immense amount of uncensored information through social media sites has contributed to the success of many Arab Spring activists. Social media played a role in facilitating the events of the Arab Spring, but the main issues are rooted in a broader set of economic, political, and social factors.