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The use of Facebook as an organizing tool in the 2011 Egyptian revolution: Mobilizing support within the 6 April Movement
Cases on Web 2.0 in Developing Countries Studies on Implementation, Application, and Use (2012)
  • Mariam Alkazemi, University of Florida
  • Brian J. Bowe, Western Washington University
  • Robin Blom, Michigan State University
Abstract
It has been suggested that social media offers important organizing tools for activists in countries where free expression is curtailed and news outlets are handcuffed by government censorship. The 2011 revolution in Egypt offers an opportunity to examine the extent to which social media fulfills the role that free journalism plays in more democratic societies. By analyzing messages posted in Arabic by activists from one of the largest Egyptian opposition groups, this study attempts to see what role Facebook played in the revolution. This chapter aims to fill a gap in scholarly understanding of the event while simultaneously contributing to the understanding of the importance of social media tools for activists and organizers. The results show that the organizers used Facebook largely to communicate a mixture of expressions of national pride, news events, and calls for mobilization on the ground to support their revolutionary efforts.
Keywords
  • Egypt,
  • Facebook,
  • Arab Spring
Publication Date
2012
Editor
Nahed Amin Azab
Publisher
IGI Global
Citation Information
Mariam Alkazemi, Brian J. Bowe and Robin Blom. "The use of Facebook as an organizing tool in the 2011 Egyptian revolution: Mobilizing support within the 6 April Movement" Hershey, PACases on Web 2.0 in Developing Countries Studies on Implementation, Application, and Use (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/brianjbowe/15/