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The role of social networking in the Arab Spring

The role of social networking in the Arab Spring | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it
A case study for our World Development text book...

 

How useful was digital technology, particularly social networking sites, to democracy protesters in Tunisia and Egypt?  How important are the democracy protests in the Middle East and North Africa to world development?  Social media has fundamentally changed the cultural and political paradigms. 


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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 2:35 PM

Social networking sites and digital technology is useful for news gathering, connecting and co-ordinating groups and individuals. Mobile phones can take pictures of what is going on and share them in a second and tv for the reporting of events around the world. 

Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, October 31, 2013 7:34 AM

The role of social networking through media is crucial in the Arab Spring.  Social networking through media brings people from all areas of the world together.  It spreads a variety of thoughts, ideas, and questions.  It also acts as a major news source.  People in the United States can click a button and see what is happening on the other side of the world at any particular moment, and vice versa.

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Alisa Miller shares the news about the news | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International, talks about why -- though we want to know more about the world than ever -- the US media is actually showing less. Eye-opening stats and graphs.

 

The U.S. News is remarkably USA-centric, so in the era of globalization and the fragmentation of information, most American TV viewers know less about the world than they did 40 years ago.


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LMullen's comment, February 2, 2012 2:28 PM
I really don't find this surprising.
Tejahne Malone's comment, May 18, 2012 1:47 PM
Our world is messed up. just because something is cheaper doesnt mean it is better. we should take actions in to our own hands and find out about global issues to increase our own knowledge for our own benefit
Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 19, 2013 8:30 AM

The U.S. News is remarkably USA-centric.   How does the media influence our perception of the world?

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American vs. International News: Time & Newsweek

American vs. International News: Time & Newsweek | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Americans are notorious for their ignorance of global issues and international news. This may be because Americans aren’t interested or it may be that our news outlets feed us fluff and focus us only on the U.S." 

 

Is the media only serving the consumers 'what they want?' Do the media have a responsibility to educate the populace and give us 'what we need?'  Socially speaking, what about American culture is so focused on looking in the mirror and not looking out the window? 


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