It’s difficult to not be tempted to oversimplify the Egyptian Revolution and call it a “Facebook Revolution”. It’s simplistic and glosses over the real fundamental shifts in the minds and hearts of the Egyptian people that caused them to take to the streets.
And in many ways, it’s parallel to the election of Barack Obama in 2008 – driven in great part by social media and huge turnout numbers from the young. It’s silly to say Facebook elected Barack Obama or caused the Egyptian Revolution.
“What are called the “facebook youth” went out in their tens of thousands on January 25th, talk to them. This is the era where people who have good intentions are considered traitors.
“My wife was going to divorce me because I didn’t spend time with her, and now they call me a traitor. I spent all my time on the computer working for my country.”
Just the fact we have to step back from the conclusion is a powerful proof of the magnitude of significance of social media. The communications channels are changing, dispersing, uprooting the old guard in every imaginable context.