Publication Date

Winter 12-13-2016

Degree Name

MA in International and Intercultural Management

First Advisor

Karen Blanchard

Abstract

In the past 10 years social media has become a way of communicating, following the news, posting pictures, and marketing for brands. The platforms including Facebook and Twitter continue to grow, making them an ideal way of communication all across the world. It has been argued that what happened in the Arab Spring in 2010 was shaped and influenced by more people having access to the internet, and therefore having signed up for social media sights. The act of one man sent a region swirling into turmoil, political overthrow, and in some cases, such as Egypt, creating a revolution.

In this paper I researched the influence that social media had in Egypt during the Arab Spring. I examined the events that led to the Arab Spring and how they were shaped by social media as well as the Egyptian Revolution, that some claim to be a Facebook Revolution.

The research was conducted based on an online Facebook survey. I found that though social media was used to schedule protests and demonstration, the primary was creating awareness for people outside the country.

Disciplines

Civic and Community Engagement | International Relations | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Politics and Social Change | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

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