Tunisia: The First Social Media Revolution Essay example

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In December of 2010 the people of Tunisia, a country located in northern Africa, revolted against their oppressive ruler, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. What triggered this uprising was an “act of desperation,” the self-immolation of 26 year old Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian merchant (The Star). Bouazizi had been an unlicensed vegetable merchant for seven years before his cart was confiscated by a police officer who then “slapped the scrawny young man, spat in his face, and insulted his dead father,” (Abouzied). However, the revolution was also a consequence of the Tunisian government’s sudden transparency, thanks to the government cables published on WikiLeaks.org. Later, people worldwide took to their various social networking accounts and…show more content…
Similarly, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social networking/blogging websites have been reporting on events that the public are generally unaware of and have been acting as a line of communication that promotes organization among protesters. Furthermore, these websites act to establish a lens through which Westerners can look through and be aware of what is happening in the rest of the world. In order to fully understand the role that social networking has played in the recent revolutions, is it necessary for one to determine the filters used in different types of media. Taking into account the many filters used in social networking, along with the role of WikiLeaks, it is apparent that the internet has created an easier way for disgruntled citizens to revolt against their government. Any type of media has, and always has had, some sort of filter. As long ago as World War II, Hitler took control of the media in Germany and spread propaganda throughout Eastern Europe as a means to advocate for the NSGWP (National Socialist German Worker’s Party). All media was filtered so that it was biased in favour of the NSGWP and Nazi Germany. Propaganda similar to this also arose in America, in favour of the Allies, during WWII – this was then revisited during the Cold War; Walt Disney and Dr. Seuss are remembered for their anti-Hitler/Germany propaganda that was released in the 1940’s. Today,

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