One of the biggest things I learned from reading about the Egyptian revolution is the power of organizing on social media. In Wael Ghonim’s Revolution 2.0, is the importance of the mass of people uniting behind an issue on multiple networks both online and offline. Given the recent events in Standing Rock, it’s been pretty amazing and hopeful to see what a group of people united under one issue can do.
In an interesting article written by the Huffington Post, Ten Things We’ve Learned From the Egyptian Revolution, two things that stood out to me is “social class doesn’t matter” “social media is powerful. very powerful. But it’s not everything”. As the author writes, “As a generation that’s still in their youth, even if you had everything, house, education, a safe country outside Egypt, you still lacked your own home, your own, what I suppose should be, your sanctuary.”
In addition, “The Egyptian revolution was ignited by a Facebook Page ‘We Are All Khaled Saeed’ […] But the aftermath of the revolution showed us that social media users don’t necessarily present the majority on the ground as we thought it had. Social media is a main key to the change. But it’s not the key to the full road of the change.” I think this last point really sums up the power of working on social media, but the importance of recognizing who is behind these social media networks, and the work they are doing for the power of the revolution.
From Week 13: Egyption Revolution – Organizing on Social Networks