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In this time line, I trace some of the most pivotal events that have led me to believe that with the help of Social Media, “Democracy goes viral” in the Middle East. Along with the western technology come western ideas of freedom of speech and democracy. Although not an intended product of social media sites like twitter, youtube, and facebook , these American values lie just under the surface. We see the reaction of the United States when the Egyptian government cut their citizens off from the internet and cell phones. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Hillary Clinton, and President Obama all addressed the issue. So did executives at Google! Attempts to silence protesters and thwart their organization via online social media sites clashed with the underlying, and at the time unintentional, message of democracy and freedom of speech these sites were built on. It became a mission of Google execs to find a way to ensure the Egyptian citizens would still be heard despite governmental black out. They spent a weekend working out a solution that allowed Egyptians to call a phone number and have their voice heard despite lack of access to the internet or cell phones. In a conference room located at Google headquarters in California, “Speak-2-Tweet” was born and the now intentional message of freedom of speech implied by social media has gone global. This was the event that caught my attention. And, as I watched the wave of democratic protests sweep the region, I began to wonder, why now? Many of these nations have been living under authoritarian governments for decades. What had changed that allowed for the people to come together, organize themselves, and rise up to fight for freedom? As I realized how important social media had become for the movements, I became curious about the influence these sites have had and continue to have in nations not known for social justice. As a student of Anthropology, I included some of the great theorists in the field. Looking at the events within the framework of Foucault led to greater understanding and a more critical review of the events. I hope you enjoy traveling through my timeline as much as I enjoyed making it.
Bio: Creating an interactive "live" report for my Anthropology of Law class. My last big project before graduation and I want it to be innovative and real time.
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