Regis College Senior Honors Program
Thesis - Open Access
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Our world is increasingly becoming connected through the use of technology, the Internet, and social media networks. Through social media we are able to stay connected in real time, becoming witnesses to each other's lives. This thesis explores how social media amplifies the way we communicate and form identities with one another. Specifically this thesis examines how activists used social media to communicate, mobilize, and form a sense of Egyptian pride throughout the Egyptian Revolution. Throughout the revolution, social media impacted how activists were networking with one another enabling for the demands of the people to be heard- ultimately for the resignation of Egyptian President Mubarak. Eighteen days after the revolution started on January 25,2011 , Mubarak resigned as social media networks contributed to the communication and virtual responses of over three thousand likes on the Facebook page "We are all Khaled Saieed." Yet, more importantly it was the physical presence of over one million people acting collectively to end their oppression under Mubarak's regime on February 11, 2011. So in a time of rising technology, I ask if social media was the essential component for social movements or if the empowering component lies within our physical interactions.
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Baca, Jessica, "From 328,513 Likes to 1 Million Protestors: How Social Media Amplified Collective Action During the Egyptian Revolution Through Increased Communication and Identity Formation" (2013). Student Publications. 581.