Shirky Morozov and the Arabian Spring

Shirky believes in new technology, new ways of thinking, and the progressiveness of people spreading ideas and peace. “The ability of people to share cooperate and get together is being improved dramatically by our social tools.(3750)” Technology has led to knew ways of communicating and spreading freedom. Any tool that improves shared awareness or group coordination, can also be used for political means because it is freedom. We’ve become a new society as the evolution of technology continues. Small organizations and groups can now accomplish what large formations could years ago. If we have the ability to change the way we learn and share then perhaps we may change the way we think. Shirky explains a movie from 1968 entitled “2001.” In the film we see spaceships and flying saucers with beautiful stewardesses all carrying drinks to passengers. Since that time we havnt made much progress to flying saucers and interglobal travel. However, the role of the woman in our eyes as a society has changed drastically. They may feel like small changes, but the way a society progresses and spreads is from the very significant small steps forward. If we have the power to shift power and freedom in a matter of three decades then imagine what positive changes we can spread with the use of new technology. “Our principal challenge is not deciding where we want to go but rather in staying upright as we go there.” Clay’s argument is that we have the tools and ambitions to change for the better.
Morozov argues” digital tools are simply, well, tools, and social change continues to involve many painstaking, longer term efforts to engage with political institutions.” As political and freedom struggles take hold of the Arab world, real world activists are forming organizations and revolutionaries. I believe Morozov agrees with Shirky , in that digital tools can progress if used correctly. However, social and political changes take much more than using facebook to organize. “The current fascination with technology-driven accounts of political change in the middle east is likely to subside. Americans feel proud of their own contribution to events in the middle east.” Alike Gladwell, Morozov is skeptical of the complete importance of technology. How small short contributions cannot change social and political organizations. Unlike Gladwell, Morozov does understand the role and idea of a revolutionary is changing. “Egypt’s facebook movement may not be conventional, but they exercise leadership and strategic thinking.” Facebook and twitter may not be the solution, but with the correct tools to organize, coordinate , and spread the Arab world could move forward.
The Arab spring uprisings relate to the positive use and advantages of social media and technology.The Arabian society created a street revolution called Takriz. This revolt was organized by Tunisian “Foetus” and “waterman.” The street revolution exposed the Egypt and Tunisian presidency and its government corruption. The events give us reason to believe social tools can spread democracy and new ways of thinking. Many governments have been changed recently due to the unbelievable protests formed within minutes. On the otherhand, other governments have remained still and cut off coordination of these protestors and revolutionaries.”The dispute is highly polarized, but understanding what Takir, April 6th and similar organizations actually did, and how the did it, makes the argument between “Cyber optimists” and “Cyber pessimists” less academic.” Social media is an everyday and basic luxury we take for granted. However, when used to organize masses of people to revolt against a corruct government, it gives the electronic friends much backbone. “Indeed, the fact that regimes go to such trouble to monitor, identify, capture,beat, torture, and jail young people using online tools suggests that they at least see the power of new media.”
The Arab Spring is a Little Late This Year
by Michael Curis
American Thinker
“Remember the expectations of peaceful change justice and reduction of poverty, democratic institutions?” Michael Curtis from American Thinker expresses his false hopes of quick change in the Arab world. The world is all asare of the need for change in the political aspect of the area. Technology was the long sought after ally for the freedom fighters. Curtis states some changes have occured as thousands of people spontaneously take to streets for protests. Amazingly, many countries have promies constitutional changes. “Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Jordan, and Tunise just to name a few.” In addition a greater proportion of people are being educated. More girls are currently attending college than males and succesfully. In this aspect, technology has had an impact on the political and overall struggle of the Arab world.
Yes, new technology and cyber groups have seem to take stand for significant uprisings and freedom spreading. Yet Michael demostrates the other point of view; is social media and technology enough to change the world’s problems? “Few political reformes have taken place and show no sights of real change for six member-states of the Gulf Co-operation council. Egypt, Libya and Syria go unheeded. Overall, the Arab spring has been a wake up call.” Curtis goes on to ask “Do the Arab people admit their mistakes? Can they realize their leaders have used and perpetuated the palestinian – Israeli confilct for their political and economic advantage?” I enjoyed this article because Michael relates to Shirky, Morozov and Gladwell. Technology and social tools can be succesfull in group coordination and spreading new philosiphies. Is that enough to change the ways of the middle east?

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