COGN20 Prod Project

COGN20 Prod Project - Ng 1 Sharon Ng Professor Govil TA...

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Ng 1 Sharon Ng Professor Govil, TA Erin Cory COGN 20 – A01 25 April 2011 Social Media – Catalyst for the Egyptian Revolution The Egyptian Revolution officially began on January 25, 2011 after an uprising with a campaign of non-violent civil resistance. Young Egyptian men and women were equally proactive in exploring modern communication outlets to nurture this revolt by using social media as a medium to plan action (Emil 1). Protestors from different socioeconomic backgrounds called for the overthrow of the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak’s regime because during his term, Khaled Said, a 28-year-old Egyptian was beaten to death by two police officers (Cara 1). Despite his attempt to save himself, the police continued torturing him to death. After his death, Said became a prominent figure, representing police brutality that the Egyptians strived to purge (Logan 1). During this revolution, Egyptian protestors focused primarily on legal and political issues, including the lack of freedom of speech, police brutality, and economic problems like high unemployment rates and low minimum wages. The anti-government demonstrations in January caused unrest, which prompted President Mubarak to step down on February 11, 2011 and hand over his power to the military. During this time, protestors reached out to others in and out of their community through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter (Cara 1). Through social media, Egyptians were able to demonstrate to outsiders what was happening at the time, and arrange protests. Social media played an important role in furthering political organization and social mobilization, as people from different countries witnessed the current news on the Egyptian Revolution. In addition, Egyptians relied on social media because it
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Ng 2 increased government accountability. In the modern day, it is difficult to hide news from other countries because so many people are connecting via means of social media, and using it as a transnational network with valuable information (Morrison 1). Given this political and cultural climate, this paper will explore the role of social media as a catalyst to the Egyptian Revolution, which has effectively proven social media as a powerful force involving collaborative efforts because people collectively organize and transmit messages to the public. Social media has become an essential aspect of human interaction and everyday life. Social media websites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr are everyday communication platforms that people use to stay updated on their friends’ lives and on world news. The 2011 Egypt Revolution shows that social media has transformed people’s methods of communication. Instead of using traditional communication methods like writing letters or using word of mouth,
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