A Review of Zeynep Tufekci—Twitter and Tear Gas: the Power and Fragility of Networked Protest (2017, New Haven: Yale University Press)

  • Johanne Kübler

When people in the Middle East and North Africa rose against their long-term authoritarian regimes in 2011, the Western media were quick to highlight their use of Internet platforms to organize. Twitter and Facebook revolutions splashed all over the newspapers, ignited by the enthusiasm of activists on the ground and by their use of common online platforms, which transformed the perceived unruly “Arab Street” into relatable youngsters not too dissimilar from the youth in the West. At the time, media outlets had the tendency to either over- or underemphasize the role played by Internet tools such as social media, portraying the events and the use of online technology as largely extemporaneous. In academia, the Internet’s impact on politics and democratization processes has been discussed controversially, with optimists nourishing hopes that the use of web tools, so-called “liberation technologies”, by protests movements in authoritarian countries might serve to undermine authoritarian...


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  • Johanne Kübler
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  1. 1.CambridgeUK

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