The buzz culture, flame war breeders and hot topic cookers alike have replaced one Middle Eastern catastrophe with another. Beneath the disorganized hodgepodge in Libya, there is the increasingly vulnerable state of Egypt. Though our TVs no longer blare the cacophony of Mubarak protests or mention the social media’s marvels that sparked revolutionary change in Egypt, [...]
No one can deny the extensive role social media has had in both the lead-up to and organization of the current protest movements throughout the Middle East region. Often times, in trying to understand how social media has affected the Middle East region, we make the tragic mistake of using Western paradigms of socioeconomic and political [...]
By: Alf, Katie, Jessica, Rachel, and Anne
Last week, five bloggers set out to test what would happen if each of us watched a different TV news show with a different political slant for three consecutive nights and then came together to write about what is happening in Libya based only on what we learned through our [...]
Less than two months ago I wrote an article for the YDN about how unique a GESO (Graduate Employees and Students Organization) protest was in my four years living in New Haven . It was unique – but only because it happened. I had never seen protesting on such a scale in the city, a fact [...]
Last week, I argued that the best way to use Twitter to learn about the revolutions was to follow more specific topics and then to fact-check the information gathered from your Twitter feed.
Andy Carvin (@carvin), the well-known NPR reporter who has been curating social media from the recent protests, recently turned my model on its head: [...]
I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Hala, Yale class of 2013, about her take on the protests that have been unfolding in the Middle East in the last few months (namely in Jordan and Bahrain). My goal was to gain an understanding of how she thought social media and new media sources [...]