Assignment #2 – The Power of the Media

In the years when there was no form of media(newspapers, internet, etc.) it was very simple for monarchy’s to keep control over their nation. As time went on and new forms of communicational advances were invented, goverments saw a descrease in their strength over the people of their nation. The first form of media, the printing press, allowed journalists to tell a much larger audience of the problems their nation is facing. This became a real threat to goverments as now everyday citizens can learn about the negative things their government is doing which they usually wouldnt hear about.

Today we have a much more advanced form of media. Media is all around us everyday and everywhere we go. The media can be found on tv by watching news channels or on the internet using new channels websites or social media networks such as facebook and twitter. These forms of media have help sparked revolutions in places such as Egypt. Egypt has gone under much scruitiny and change this past year. Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, was overthrown from his seat in government for being a cruel and murderous dictator. The people of Egypt became fed up with Mubarak and his violent ways, and decided to start a revolution. The revolution in Egypt was fueled by social media networks across the globe.

What is interesting in the Egyptian Revolution is how the government shut down all internet access. This shows how powerful the social media can be, and how it can ban together a group of people to fight for a common cause. When the Egyptian government shut down the internet across Egypt, the riots erupted. The egyptian government had shut down the internet in efforts to help control the people from communication to others to join their revolution. Soon enough the whole world found out about the revolution and it was the talk of the internet. The violent nature of Mubarak and the power of social media networks showed the world the catastrophies that were going on in Egypt.

After several weeks Mubarak decided to step down from his seat and now their will be a free election in the coming months. The social media helped bring light to this subject and helped the world to see what was going on in Egypt. The social media helped bring awareness to people outside of Egypt which led to more people supporting the revolutionists which eventually led to Mubarak’s downfall.

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4 Responses to “Assignment #2 – The Power of the Media”

  1. What’s interesting to me about the Egyptian revolution is how it all started with a simple fruit seller who got frustrated with the government! And it turned into all of the people rioting and got spread all over the world because of the internet. The internet can be helpful at times but also so extremely dangerous. As you said, internet access was needed to be shut down, surprising that it got to that point, only it made it much worse.

  2. peterjun says:

    i am increasing intrigued of how a simple revolt (a fruit seller) sparked such a revolution which in turn was fueled by a social networking spark plug. It seems to be almost a perfect storm in which the stage was set perfectly for a youth led revolt against an old school dictator using new age weapons (media).

  3. safia says:

    I am amazed about the simple fruit seller also! I never knew the government was able to shut down all internet access like that, but that just shows how if we didnt have social networks like twitter and facebook, it wouldn’t be widely known.

  4. Prof. Hala says:

    It’s important to distinguish between “media” and “mass media.” There were media even before the printing press. Think of papyrus or scrolls, and even before that, cave paintings, hieroglyphics. As indicated in the “Social Networks, Social Revolutions” program, a key take-away from the Egyptian case is that social mobilization continued even during the internet shut-down — people used old-fashioned pamphlets and word-of-mouth to spread information.