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How important is the role of social media in times of conflict?

Illustrated on the Arabic Revolution 2011

THE START OF USING SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE ARABIC WORLD AS TOOL OF MIDDLE EASTERN
POLITICS – AS WELL AS TO EXPRESS INDEPENDENT VIEWS OF INDIVIDUALS – REPRESENTS NOT ONLY A
PROGRESS FOR THE COUNTRIES IT SELVES. IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT GAINING COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS AND
TECHNICAL CAPACITIES TO USE SOCIAL NETWORKING PLATFORMS. IT IS THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE
AWAKING OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN SUPPRESSED COUNTRIES. EVEN THERE IS THIS NEW
OPPORTUNITY ON ONE SIDE, THERE IS ALSO A QUESTION OF TRUST AND RELIABILITY ON THESE KINDS OF
MEDIA, AND EVEN MORE WHAT THE ROLE IS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARAB REVOLUTION. JEFFREY
GHANNAM, FROM THE WASHINGTON POST, COMES STRAIGHT TO THE POINT: “IS ALL YOU NEED TO
TOPPLE AN ENTRENCHED AUTOCRATIC REGIME A COLLECTION OF FACEBOOK UPDATES, YOUTUBE
VIDEOS AND TWITTER HASHTAGS?” IN THESE TIMES OF CONFLICTS, THIS IS A MEANINGFUL QUESTION THAT
MUST BE ANSWERED (...)

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