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“Seeds of Change” in Tahrir Square and Beyond: People Power or Technological Convergence?

“Seeds of Change” in Tahrir Square and Beyond: People Power or Technological Convergence?

This article addresses the role of social media in the Arab Spring, specifically focusing on how Twitter was used during the Egyptian uprising. Prior to discussing Twitter, however, the article situates the topic of social media and socio-political change within a larger context: The “democratic“ shifts that we are witnessing today in the region are outcomes of deep and historical transformations Arab societies have been going through. These transformations can be summed up in the convergence of “technological” and “human” variables that have convulsed the Arab public sphere and led to the current democratic wave. In other terms, the article’s central argument is that the “seeds” of change are both “technological” and “human.” The case of Twitter and Web 2:0 will further support and illustrate this unprecedented convergence.

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24-32
ISSN 1532-5865
eng