Dissent and Revolution
Fig. 1. Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age. Courtesy of I.B.Tauris, 2012.

I.B.Tauris published a book titled "Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt" written by David Faris from the Roosevelt University, USA.

Publication Data

Faris, David. Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt. I.B.Tauris, 2012. ISBN: 9781780761503.


During the Arab uprisings of early 2011, which saw the overthrow of Zine el-Abadine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, the role of digital media and social networking tools was widely reported. This was also recognized by the very authorities fighting against popular pressure for change, and the Egyptian government's attempt to block internet and mobile phone access in January 2011 demonstrated the extent to which it was seen as powerful and potentially subversive tool. What is yet to be examined is the local context that allowed digital media to play this role: Egypt, for example, a history of online activism laid important ground work for the scenes in Tahrir Square. Here, David Faris argues that it was circumstances particular to Egypt, more than the 'spark' from Tunisia, that allowed the revolution to take off: namely blogging and digital activism stretching back into the 1990s, combined with sustained and numerous protest movements and an independent press.

Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age tracks the rocky path taken by Egyptian bloggers operating in Mubarak's authoritarian regime to illustrate how the state monopoly on information was eroded, making space for dissent and digital activism.

Table of Contents

1. A Theory of the Networked Revolt: Social Media Networks, Media Events, and Collective Action 
2. Agenda-Setters: Torture, Rights and Social Media Networks in Egypt 
3. New Tools, Old Rules: Social Media Networks and Collective Action in Egypt 
4. (Amplified) Voices for the Voiceless: Social Media Networks, Minorities, and Virtual Counterpublics 
5. We Are All Revolutionaries Now: Social Media Networks and the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 
6. Cascades, Colors, and Contingencies: Social Media Networks and Authoritarianism in Global Perspective

About the Author

David Faris is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University, USA where he teaches Egyptian and Middle Eastern Politics. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Pennsylvania University.

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