Connecting the National and the Virtual: Can Facebook Activism Remain Relevant After Egypt’s January 25 Uprising?

International Journal of Communication 5 (2011), Feature 1225–1237 1932–8036/2011FEA1225
Copyright © 2011


Can Facebook Activism Remain Relevant After Egypt’s January 25 Uprising?
ELIZABETH ISKANDER
London School of Economic and Political Science

The objective of this article is to ground the debate about the connection between social
media and popular uprisings in the specific context of recent social and political trends in
Egypt. This is crucial when attempting to draw conclusions about the factors and
mechanisms that produced Egypt’s January 25, 2011, revolution and, more importantly,
whether social media can contribute to building a new political culture to support the
revolution. Although it took just 18 days of protests to force the resignation of President
Mubarak, constructing a new political culture will be a slower and more challenging
process. If social media are to provide a real channel for political debate and activism,
they must connect with traditional forms of media and civil society. This will ensure that
the dialogue about Egypt’s future remains national rather than retreating to the virtual.

The full article can be found at this link: http://ijoc.org/ojs/index.php/ijoc/article/view/1165/598

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