Sunday, January 30, 2011

Revolution in Egypt

Would this people's revolution sweeping Egypt, begun in Tunisia, and reaching into Yemen have been possible without the social networking revolution on the Internet led by Twitter? Back when the Iranian people rose up against the dictator, only to be violently suppressed by the dictatorship, we noted that Twitter "enables the two “Ps” — presence and participation — as one blogger noted, like no other technological tool currently available to the people."

Twitter has become the despots and dictators' worst nightmare, bypassing the repressive reach of the state with instant communication to the linked masses for organizing, mobilizing, and participating in anti-government, anti-establishment activities. As Egypt hangs in the balance through extraordinary days and nights of tumult, struggle and uncertainty for its people, the globalization of democracy is being impelled by the 21st century revolution of social networking people power. And YouTube is helping to get the word out:

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