I would I want to dedicate my post today to a Phenomenon that's really Impressing me:
The importance and the impact that social networks are having on the changes that are happening around the world. We all know, ones more deeply than others, the uses of socials networks, for example, Flickr photo community, arts community DevianArt (drawings, photographs, design) and the known, Facebook and Twitter.
Social networks are trying to keep people connected with each other so that a network is established. That’s why, having five common contacts you will have access to all people in the world who are using that network. And this connection works with the people around you but also happens with someone across the planet, is as simple as that.
Now, with the ability to share data, photos, reviews, events ... and power users to provide their views to all that ... we are creating a current ideology. Rather than a single stream of ideology there are emerging many of them passing from the defense of democracy to the environment. While it is true that social networks are used as entertainment, we can find on them daily news, events and people who protest about the injustices, animals, women, degradation of the planet, wars ... Many of them do not have the reliability that the mass media have to offer news, but it is also true that these events are not handled by anyone, are free opinion based on information without censorship by the person who creates them.
Perhaps the people who invented social networks couldn´t imagine their scope or their potential, but that is exactly what I want to study here:
This study will focus specifically in an historical fact of great significance: The Beginning of the democratic revolutions in Africa (Tunisia, Egypt, Libya ...) News agencies report that the urge to express was not mitigated by the measure, in circumstances such as those through the Egyptian population at this time, no Twitter or Facebook can replace direct communication mechanisms for people. But, there is no doubt that human interaction through mobile phones and the Internet fosters social networks have played an important role in demonstrations that have rocked several countries in the Arab world.
Political analysts still study the role of interactive media as a catalyst for the protests seen in Egypt, but the speed with which information about the events in Tunisia reached the Egyptians and other Arab people, and the intensity virtual communication channels were used to coordinate actions and street levels can attribute to the mobile and online social networks a character role in the strategies of opposition activists.
After Iran some years ago, and now more recently Egypt, Tunisia and the nations that have been found in the network the best way to fight for their rights. Just follow on Twitter hashtag # egypt to realize the importance of new technologies in such events, even after the Egyptian government concrete block all access to the Internet.
Twitter is filled from the beginning of Egyptian protests posts with tags # Jan25 Jan28 # # o # ElBaradei Egypt, while the 6 April Movement, leader of Egyptian protests. Several days before the first manifestations of a survey Facebook with the question: Do you manifest on Jan. 25? Almost 90,000 people responded "yes." At this time, more than five million Egyptians have a profile on Facebook.
We can’t affirm the responsibility on these changes which has come to an end with Mubaracks resignation, but we can assure that they have acted as a catalyst and accelerator of the process.
In Libya, on the other hand, the value of public information has led the government of Muammar Gaddafi to cut off access to social networks like Facebook and the Internet as a primary focus of communication of their citizens. According to El Pais, "on Friday, the regime cut off access to Twitter and Facebook and on Saturday, the Internet, following the example of what he did earlier this month President Hosni El Mubarak."
The situation in Libya is very different and censorship on the net is being felt hard, but this does not mean that we continue getting information, even the big traditional media content using these networks to inform, since access to the field international reporters is really complicated.
On Twitter we have the labels: # # Libya Libya or in Castilian, Feb17 # # # Tripoli Gaddafi, among others.
The citizen journalism is happening in Libia is the key to undestrand the situation, here are some videos which denounce the situation:
These videos may offend the sensibilities