[New mobile communication technologies such as twitter have been extremely useful for youth, students, and many petty-bourgeois activists in the “Arab Spring” and its many spin-offs in North Africa and in the MiddleEast. These communication tools have also been recounted as essential instruments, as if there would be no rebellion without tweets, and that is a ridiculous claim. Additionally, at certain key junctures, the repressive state apparatus has been able to use these new technologies for enhanced surveillance, and at times, when popular over-reliance on twitter was detected by the police, they could systematically shut it off and prevent communications among rebel groups. Nevertheless, this AlJazeera account of the role of Twitter and Tweets in Tahrir has fascinating insights to one part of the ongoing story of a revolution that has only taken its first step. — Frontlines ed.]
AlJazeeraEnglish on Feb 19, 2012
Cairo’s ‘Twitterati’ tweeted their revolution for 18 days from in and around Tahrir Square.
Young, urbane and highly-motivated, their tweets revealed the truth of the scale of the uprising which Egypt’s state media sought to hide, and gave a street-level, minute-by-minute account of how the persistence and bravery of the Egyptian people brought down a dictator.
Note: The book ‘Tweets From Tahrir’ by OR Books was the inspiration for this film.