Review: Arabités numériques. Le printemps du Web arabe

Author(s) Luboš Kropáček
Contact Luboš Kropáček, Charles University, Celetná 20, Praha 1, 110 00, Czech Republic.. E-mail: lubos.kropacek@ff.cuni.cz
Issue CyberOrient, Vol. 7, Iss. 1, 2013, pp. 116-118
Published May 10, 2013
Type Book Review
Abstract The book under review examines the phenomenon of the Arab Spring in greater depth, which step by step takes into consideration all relevant political, social, cultural and technical aspects of the complex nature of the Arab e-revolutions. They were revolutions (the term is favoured by the Arabs) without leaders, their role being played by modern media. The ideas of anti-establishment protest were conceived and discussed mainly via Facebook, coordinated and translated into concise practical instructions via Twitter. The ensuing events were visualized via YouTube, which brought the news to the world.
Keywords social media, internet, Arab Spring, Middle East, activism, media studies, cyberactivism, democracy, Internet studies, Internet security