Facebook Is A Tool of Revolution

Posted on February 14, 2011

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Facebook is a great resource for finding people, networking, sharing what your interests with others, and now has been used as a tool to start a revolution in Egypt. The young people of Egypt, as seen in this video, are using Facebook to voice there opinions about the government and what should be done to fix it. The social networking site played an integral part of the overall effort of the people. By using Facebook in such a way they are utilizing social networks for more than just chatting with friends about each others lives and instead using them as a very influential tool of change. No matter how small or big the issue Facebook is the ultimate source to reach as many people as possible and share your opinion with them all without living your house.

In the video by the New York Times technology isn’t blamed for the revolution instead it is seen as a tool that helped people express there political views and share them with others throughout the country, while educating those who may not have been as informed with the current oppression in Egypt. By doing so they have proven that “our technologies are never ‘just tools’ , some how culturally neutral” (Ess 118). These networks are designed to bring people together to do just this, share your opinions and ideas with others.

This is an example of how far technology has come and how it has the ability to bring people together and change the world as we know it.

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