the digital revolution
Young people in the Middle East are using Twitter and Facebook for revolution. Social media platforms have become the best way to get their message out, gain followers and coverage around the world and take on their strict governments.
The Middle East has a very large and unemployed young population, Egypt has a total population of 80.5 million people, 61% are under 30 and 21% of those are unemployed. That’s a lot of defiant young people.
The statistics are very similar across Northern Africa where the movement has spread to Tunisia, Libya and Morocco. Social networks have removed the usual gatekeepers, providing a new free press to challenge governments and form revolution.
Mapping the Youth of the Middle East
For generations young people have been accused of being apathetic towards politics, but Twitter, Facebook and Youtube are proving this wrong. Now we have the space needed to bypass those at the top and get the attention of the world’s media. There are hundreds of activist’s blogs and newspapers, but social media gathers these individual strands together to form something stronger.
What will this mean for the millions of oppressed and dissatisfied people across the world? It is essential for these sites to remain available to everyone, fearful governments still have the power to shut them down and this needs to be challenged on a global scale. With its autonomy social media has the potential to be a powerful democratic voice and this independence must be protected.