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[liberationtech] No Saudi Spring

James Losey jameswlosey at gmail.com
Tue Mar 6 08:45:01 PST 2012


Hi David,

Thanks for sharing the article. In what could be an interesting compliment,
Emily Parker (CCed) a colleague at New America recently dug into social med
reactions to protests in Egypt, Iran, and Syria:
*

Why Don’t We Care About Syria?*

The Syrian uprising should be the kind of story that takes social media by
> storm. It has extraordinary acts of resistance, ordinary citizens fighting
> for freedom, and the Internet's power to break through a government's wall
> of silence. On Thursday, a U.N. panel declared that the Syrian government
> has engaged in “gross human rights violations."
>


> So why hasn't Syria gone viral?


http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2012/02/syria_uprising_twitter_and_social_media_revolution_fatigue_.html

Best,
James

On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM, David Johnson <david at bostonreview.net>wrote:

> We have a superb cover story this month by Madawi Al-Rasheed on the
> failure of Saudi dissidents to launch a successful protest movement.
>
> Al-Rasheed concludes:
>
> "The Saudi case attests to the limits of cyber-utopianism, the optimism
> surrounding the so-called Twitter and Facebook revolutions. The Web is
> useful for publicizing action, but where the state is the only institution
> that matters, effectively bringing people together offline may be
> impossible."
>
>
> http://www.bostonreview.net/BR37.2/madawi_al-rasheed_arab_spring_saudi_arabia.php
>
> Best wishes,
>
> David
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