Egyptian Revolution Rachel Scott

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For this discussion we were to explain the role of new media in the 2011 revolution in Egypt that overthrew President Mubarak using media. We are to incorporate a slidedeck, video blog, or another type of media artifact aside from simply text in the post.

One of the articles mentions how citizens journalism is growing drastically! People all around the world are now armed with cell phones and cameras all the time making it easy for citizens to post on social media sites becoming part of the news coverage. In one of the articles it explains that social media has conveyed information to the Western audiences in three major conflicts and uprisings, one being the 2011 revolution in Egypt that overthrew President Mubarak.

Social media particularly Twitter had a huge effect on the 2011 uprising in Egypt. When news was posted to Twitter it was able to be retweeted and shared so other people could see it all around the world.

"Protests following the Iranian 2009 election, Twitter permitted communication despite state censorship of other media coverage and access watching. Twitter enabled a global audience to remotely listen in when access to other media was blocked. Remote connectivity was essential to the Egyptian uprisings that led to the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, as Twitter enabled the global broadcasting of dissent to diasporic publics that united in support (Meraz & Papacharissi, p.3)."

Though citizen journalism has emerged making it easier for people to communicate news on media, gatekeeping is still an issue. Gatekeeping allows for the media to choose what is reported on and what is published. Still making it hard for citizens to post news on blocked government sources.

References

Ali, S. R., & Fahmy, S. (2013). Gatekeeping and citizen journalism: The use of social media during the recent uprisings in Iran, Egypt, and Libya. Media, War & Conflict, 6(1). doi:10.1177/1750635212469906

Meraz, S., & Papacharissi, Z. (n.d.). 7 Networked Framing and Gatekeeping. The SAGE Handbook of Digital Journalism, 95-112. doi:10.4135/9781473957909.n7

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