Social Media in Arab Spring

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In December 2010, demands for reform of totalitarian governments spread across the Middle East. Starting with Tunisia rulers were forced out of regimes that lasted decades, by young protesters. Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and other nations acted as dominoes behind Tunisia and joined the fight for change, creating the “spring” in Arab Spring. Who knew the post of a picture of a man mocking the monks who set themselves on fire protesting governmental anti-Buddhist policies in 1963, would lead to a “Twitter Revolution” (SOURCE). Dictators soon found that they no longer had control of the communication of ideas over their subjects and the world. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and other social media websites were the driving force in Arab Spring.

“Arab Spring” translated to Arab revolutions in Arabic, were series of protests and demonstrations against dictatorship, absolute monarchy, human rights violations, and government corruption (SOURCE). Protests around the Middle East were sparked by posts, photos and updates on popular social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Pro-government officials responded to these protests violently INCLUDE VIOLENT ACTS (SOURCE). These violent attacks led by supporters of the government sparked more drive, anger, and inspiration in protesters to strive for change. One by one totalitarian governments began to fall and the goal of the young protesters was in sight (SOURCE).

Government corruption, inequality, censorship, and mass unemployment in the younger, educated, generation were prevalent in Tunisia (#2). The protests in the country were inspired around Mohamed Bouazizi (#2). Bouazizi was a young, well educated, man, who was the sole provider for his family of seven (#1). Due to the absence of his vendors permit, police took his cart, and slapped him (ONE). Fed up with public humiliation, government corruption and his unemployment, Bouazizi lit himself on fire in front of a government building in protest (ONE AND...
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