The definition of revolution is: a forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favour of a new system (from the Latin revolutio, “a turnaround”)
…Now can I make an assumption that most of you pictured, the French or American revolution, an old historical battle with only selected countries and physical armies? (And don’t worry, I did the same)
Well, yes, you would not be mistaken for having this image burned into your brain. When the concept of a ‘revolution’ is thrown around, we all envision the historical events that we were taught in schools, about the noble soldiers and the huge battles that were fought and lost on the battlefield.
Although, this is technically correct. You are wrong, this is no longer what a revolution looks like. Revolutions, like so many other things, have had a technological make-over, now having strong connections with social media. Twitter has become a particularly strong platform for such revolutions as #arabsprings and #euromaidan to play out in.
The ability for an individual or group to communicate their message to a wider audience through social media is astounding, the use of hashtags has enabled some recent revolution to occur. The flow of information and freedom of speech that is allowed on such platforms as Twitter has seen an increase of political conversations and revolutions arise dramatically, people can be heard, more voices are able to join. This is how groups build their strengthen, how the messages are sent and received in the technological age.
#arabsprings : was a series of anti-government protests, uprisings and armed rebellions that spread across the Middle East in early 2011. This particular movement stood for “an expression of deep-seated resentment at the aging Arab dictatorships… anger at the brutality of the security apparatus, unemployment, rising prices, and corruption that followed the privatization of state assets in some countries.” #arabsprings highlighted how “being capable of sharing an immense amount of uncensored and accurate information throughout social networking sites has contributed” to revolutions have changed drastically and how internet has opened a new avenue for political issues to be discussed.
The valuable lesson from the #arabspring revolution was how “social networks have broken the psychological barrier of fear by helping many to connect and share information” Social networks “for the first time provided activists with an opportunity to quickly disseminate information while bypassing government restrictions,”