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Social media and the Arab Spring:how communication technology shapes socio-political change

Hänska, Max ORCID: 0000-0001-9188-534X (2016) Social media and the Arab Spring:how communication technology shapes socio-political change. Orient, 3. pp. 27-34. ISSN 0030-5227

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Abstract

Although social media was not insignificant, we need to take a wider view examining the interaction between interpersonal communication, social media, and satellite TV to understand how the Arab Spring was documented and witnessed by local and global audiences, and how the protests were mobilised. Social media was a clearly important catalyst for the uprisings, but it may also explain why the Arab Spring failed in the medium-term: Multimedia and multi-platform communication environments, which facilitated the rapid diffusion of information, are good at supporting the kind of loose coordination necessary for defenestrating one system of authority. But they are not (yet) good at supporting the kind of deep and sustained coordination that designing and supporting new political authority requires.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.orient-online.com/
Additional Information: © 2016 Deutsche Orient-Stiftung
Divisions: Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Research centres and groups > Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2016 15:48
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 06:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67046

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