The Revolution Will Be Tweeted became one of the most recurrent headlines in the West during the Iranian Green Revolution and the Arab Spring. In an outburst of cyberutopianism, many analysts jumped to the conclusion that social media had played a decisive role in these events. According to this narrative, the revolutions that shook the Middle East in 2009 and 2011 were the first social media revolutions in the world, which proved the tremendous impact of the internet in Middle Eastern societies. Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, the ignorant and oppressed populations of Iran and the Arab countries had been exposed to Western democracy for the first time, and that impelled them to revolt. The Blackberry was the new Kalashnikov and Mark Zuckerberg the hero of the revolution.
In this new release of the so called THIBER Insights series, titled The (R)evolution will be twetted. Assesing the sociopolitical impact of the Internet in Saudi Arabia and Iran, David Barrancos Larráyoz, international analyst of THIBER, the cybersecurity think tank, deepens into this topic.
Posted on 17 mayo, 2017 in Sin categoría