Revolution 2.0?

5:03 pm in Berytech News, Social Media by Tania Saba Mazraani

Egypt Revolution 2.0The latest events in Tunisia and then Egypt have sparked a raging debate on the net: are these protests being man-made or internet generated? Are we fighting with bats and stones or smartphones and apps? Are Twitter and Facebook replacing underground newspapers and illegal unions? Two camps have clearly emerged across the digital divide.

On the one part, Malcolm Gladwell, a Canadian author of British descent and staff writer at the New Yorker, forcibly defended the theory that revolutions have been taking place for ages, long before electricity, let alone the computer or the net had existed: “People protested and brought down governments before Facebook was invented. They did it before the Internet came along…” he stated in his now infamous editorial, while confrontations between the police and the people raged in Tahrir Square. Needless to say, he made many enemies among the global bloggers’ community and fervent tweeters, who tweeted back at him with no less rage.

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