The Political Power Of Social Media

923 WordsSep 30, 20154 Pages
As of 2015, Facebook and Twitter have a total of 1.49 billion and 304 million active users respectively. This rapid rise and popularity of social media has allowed for the dispersion of ideas quickly and effectively on a global scale; in such a way that is unparalleled to any time in history. Therefore, the rise of social media has created a new, immensely powerful form of Civil Society Two. A form that has the ability to create political unrest and outright revolution in the modern states. In reference to the modern state, authoritarian regimes are governments where the citizens have fewer individual rights, and therefore discontent is popular among the masses. They are an apt example of the political power of social media. In the 21st century, social media has the power to raise and topple authoritarian regimes, effectively becoming a new mode to facilitate political revolutions. Ways in which social media has been demonstrated in authoritarian governments are in the Arab Spring, which led to the downfall of many non-democratic regimes, and conversely, in its role in the rise of ISIS, one of the greatest terrorist organizations of modern times. The Arab Spring was unpredictable, and frankly alarming. The pace at which the revolutions took place, as well as their subsequent organization through social media caught the world off-guard. The Arab Spring’s efficacy in the organization was a direct result of the strengths of social media; it allowed the inhabitants of Tunisia,

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