The Instigators (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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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.
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