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In 2008, a small band of political activists in Egypt led by a young engineer named Ahmed Maher began organizing on Facebook under the moniker April 6 Youth. Dodging the secret police both online and off, they built a Web page into a movement. Then, in January 2011, they helped architect a final showdown with the country's dictator. David Wolman unspools the riveting behind-the-scenes story of these daring activists and how they planted the digital seeds of a revolution.
Award-winning journalist and author David Wolman is a contributing editor at Wired, a former Fulbright journalism fellow and a winner of the 2011 Oregon Arts Commission individual artists fellowship. He is the author of two works of nonfiction. His third book, The End of Money, will be published in February.
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In the technological age, media is a strong power that one can use. At the same time, its powers are still at an unknown because it is hard to determine where our technological developments will take us (lecture). Even the successful members of the media cannot anticipate the success of failure of the product they are producing (guest speaker & webcammers). The Facebook group, April 6 Youth, started by Maher and Israa Abdel-Fattah resembles sociology studies about degree of separation and one's ability to spread a message through each other's acquaintances. This notion is simply in theory, but the success in practice really depends on the cooperation of one's connections.
In this particular situation, the cause was something important enough for people to involve themselves in. Not only were the participants asked to join the group, but they changed their profile pictures as well, to show their affiliation and advertise for the group. The strength and sense of community behind this movement drove it to victory as the revolution overthrew the Egypt government to create a better homeland for themselves.
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.
In technical terms, this story is very well-written. Wolman includes a lot of quotations not only from speech but also from online and text message conversations, which serves to stress the importance of the internet in today's world. Wolman also occasionally inserts himself into the story, making it a more personal story. Wolman's support of and admiration for Maher and his movement is obvious and the little skeptic in me wants to bud in, but I love this story so much, skeptical me won't get to say anything today.