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Social Media and Northern African revolution | Il Lobbista – Blog

We are attending to important and historical days for northern Africa.

Finally important pieces of the Tunisian and Egyptian society are standing up in the streets demanding free elections and democracy.

The novelty of these new movements is the mixture of  their composition.

The protesters are not only deprived classes, but also the middle class and a huge piece of members of public service.
All this mass united by  the scream of “bread and freedom”, without being pushed and fuelled by any extremists religious ideals or by the negative conception of the “imperialist devil”, it’s marching in the Tunisi’s streets.

The youth of Tunisia, which percentages reach important values (about 60-70 percent) in composing population, have as their common denominator unemployment and lack of prospects for their future.
None of them have never been able to participate in free elections, none of them have never seen someone in power that it was not Ben Ali ‘.
Tired of  its proud iconographic gigantographies at every street corner, thanks to the heavy economic crisis and destroyed by its effects, united they understand that this was the moment to stand for their future.

But how many times parents narrated about relatives imprisoned for their beliefs, how many times they have told about protests put down in blood by the army and police?
What made the difference this time?
These young people have found a way to convey information that the old and decrepit regime have not understood or have been slow to censure: social networking.

Everything starts in Tunisia by the suicide of a street vender which police seized goods.
Once the propaganda would speak about an incident occurred to a dangerous subversive.
But this time someone was watching, then returns to his home and in the silence of his room post on twitter once again the injustice of the regime on a honest poor man which his only fault was to have not payed the corrupted police officer.
That post becomes the piece of domino that starts the chain reaction of the collapse of  Ben Ali’,the word is wide-spreading all over Tunisia by social network and is saying: “We want bread and freedom”.

The social network campaign is lead one hand by twitter with its brevity and directness features and on the other by Facebook with its aggregating capacity.
This scheme wasn’t understood at all by the ill-prepared police which, to be provocative, doesn’t even know how is made a mouse or a keyboard.

Ben Ali’ after days and days of heavy protests leave the country and Tunisia starts a new constituent process.

The “virus” of information comes to another neighboring country which suffers from the similar  conditions: Egypt.

They understand what was happening, they understand that there is no ‘more’ time to lose.
Through Twitter and Facebook the movement “Muslim brotherhood” announced “the day of  the anger” against the Mubarak’s regime that ruled on Egypt for over thirty years.

This time, the mechanisms of  “old” censorship of 20 years ago, when the illegal printing houses were closed and activists imprisoned, wasn’t functioning at all, they tried to illegally imprison an important key person of Google Egypt but after huge international pressions police was forced to release him.

Mubarak, after 15 days of demonstrations fail to stop the social network “force” and informations continue to circulate, keeping alive the hopes of a entire people.

Today he annunces that he leave all the power to the vice-president, however the protest will continue until he will leave Egypt.

These incredible fast events that we witnesses lead us to important conclusions.
These uprisings have been triggered by several factors such are important economic crisis, really  strong and long regimes but it’s unquestionable that the desperation of people this time found a very effective tool such are social networks.

The fuel was the desperation and the courage of these young people made these changes possible.

If we compare the use of social network in social causes, we can see that for example how Western boys are accustomed to posting and to be interest in social causes but then lacks in doing “something” real.

The courage of this young people made “real” the possibility of social network to become important drivers of change.

The myth return again : Goliath has been hit again by the little David.

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