Egypt, Activism and The Role of Social Media Hosted by IRL Productions

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Start: Friday, 11 Feb 2011 15:15

End: Friday, 11 Feb 2011 17:00

  • Egypt, Activism and The Role of Social Media

    Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker article "Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted." set off a firestorm online. Some feel he unfairly maligned the role of social media when it comes to social and political movements. Social networks are tools that can help amplify, organize, and educate us about social and political movements. However, is the role of social media for activism and around events like the Egypt revolution overblown? Is it disrespectful to call it a "Facebook Revolution" when the majority people on the streets protesting for basic human rights are not even on the Internet? We will debate the role of social media leading up to and during these kind of events and what the proper context of social media should be.

    Moderator: Anthony De Rosa


    Brian Stelter : Reporter at The New York Times
    Glynnis MacNicol : Editor of Business Insider's media page The Wire
    Peter Feld : Freelance writer, web content strategist
    Parvez Sharma : Award winning filmmaker (A Jihad For Love) and writer
    Ahmed Shihab-Eldin : Producer/Co-Host, Al-Jazeera English


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