Social Impact of the Internet

The past few months have seen social networking sites; Twitter, Facebook and YouTube been praised for the instrumental role in which they played in the Egyptian revolution. The sites were used as platforms to broadcast the voice of the people, with the hope that the international community would listen.

And listen, they sure did!

With mounting pressure from the international community, Hosni was eventually forced to leave his presidential role, in order to allow a more democratic path to be paved for the new generation of Egyptian politics. So the question is, why can’t the same theory be put into practice in other political/socially troubled areas?

My view is that: Evgeny Morozov makes a plausible argument, especially if you take into consideration the examples he mentions. However, i think in the near future the sites will begin to play an even larger role in conflicts and revolutions. As people become more educated in how to  effectively use the sites, we will start to see an end to more dictatorships. Admittedly there’s still a long way to go till we get there, but if Egypt is anything to go by then surely its only a matter of time before we see other dictators follow suit.

What do you guys think? Watch it and let us know.


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