- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 1 hour and 2 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: The Atavist
- Audible.com Release Date: October 29, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009YN5VMQ
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Wolman gives us a backstage tour of a revolution years in the making. The details are so specific, so well-researched, so vibrant, that I occasionally forgot that I was reading nonfiction. If you followed the events in Egypt as they unfolded, and even (especially?) if you didn't, I highly recommend this fascinating piece.
In "The Instigators," Wolman tells the story of the April 6 Youth, a brave group of technologically savvy activists who sensed the Internet's potential as a tool for organizing and, perhaps, affecting some sort of change in their country's authoritarian political system.
And now look where we are. For this longer piece, Wolman returned to Egypt to reconnect with his local sources, who are now fielding calls from world leaders instead of running from security police. It's a riveting story of bravery, serendipity and hope whose ending is still far from certain. Definitely recommended.
What is interesting in this short read is understanding the key role social media, social networking, bloggers, microbloggers and the virtual world played through the use of digital tools like Facebook, blogs, e-mail, Yahoo chat, Twitter, Google Earth, online groups/forums, Google Docs, Gmail, etc. in conceiving a revolution. And even in the midst of that virtual world, a war was being waged between those leading the revolution and the Egyptian security officers intent on infiltrating and derailing it.
However it wasn't until the online organization bridged over into effective street organization as well that a revolution was born. The martyrdom of over 800 men and woman, the arrests, the beatings and Egypt's last ditch effort to strangle the revolution by cutting off Internet access and cellular service - all only served to strengthen the revolution and finally bring about the resignation of President Mubarek.
`The Instigators' shares an interesting story of the revolution in Egypt. But it also reveals to us all how real change is being orchestrated throughout the world today and will be orchestrated in the years to come with the help of social media and social networking tools.
Highly recommend this quick read.
I started reading late one evening, intending to get just the flavor of the piece, and couldn't put it down till the end. The world needs much more of this kind of intelligent, responsible journalism.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the true story of the groups that formed, developed, and enacted what would become Egypt's version of the Arab Spring. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by RyZen
What was most intriguing about reading The Instigators was how it effectively captured a piece of the complex story of the Arab Spring and the conflict in Egypt. Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by CWhelan
The value of David Wolman's piece "The Instigators" extends beyond that of mere entertainment. Following Ahmed Mahar, a passionate yet quiet leader of a revolution, this piece... Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by E. W. Ross
David Wolman's story The Instigators follows the main character, Ahmed Maher, through this revolution against Hosni Mubarak's Egyptian regime. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Alex Chan
The instigator is a story of how a normal man uses the digital media to move people to protest the removal of Mubarak. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Johnny Au Yeung
David Wolman depicts the life of Ahmed Maher. By depicting his life as a child, a shy and unsocial youth who was also an avid reader, and how he grew up in a suburb of Cairo,... Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Amory Z
I found David Wolman's The Instigators surprisingly captivating. The use of social networking in politics has been largely unacknowledged by the public, but it has some incredible... Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Tiffany Yen
"The Instigators" is an article that does call to attention a very important period of time in the contemporary world; namely, the unrest in Egypt in early 2011. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Mark S.
As a fan of all things social media, it's so exciting to see the ways in which social media is used in the world. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by lpayne