Blogosphere and Social Media

Seismic Shift: Understanding Change in the Middle East. Ed. Ellen Laipson. Washington D.C: Stimson Center. 25 May 2011.

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Courtney Radsch

Central European University (CEU) - Center for Media, Data and Society; American University, School of International Service, Students; Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)

Date Written: May 25, 2011

Abstract

The momentous events sweeping the Arab world since late 2010 raised important questions about the art and science of analyzing political and societal events. In an age of information surplus, which creates the illusion that one can easily know what is happening anywhere in the world, big surprises still occur. Societies change, governments make choices that have consequences, and the political life of a country or a region is transformed. This chapter of Seismic Shift: Understanding Change in the Middle East provides deep background and context for the recent and dramatic use of social media in the Arab revolts, and broadly summarizes the messages in the media.

Keywords: Arab Spring, social media, blog, blogs, blogosphere, cyberactivism, cyber activism, Middle East, Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain

Suggested Citation

Radsch, Courtney, Blogosphere and Social Media (May 25, 2011). Seismic Shift: Understanding Change in the Middle East. Ed. Ellen Laipson. Washington D.C: Stimson Center. 25 May 2011., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2336076

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