Is the revolt in Tunisia the next Twitter revolution?
The world saw the power of social media on full display Iran with the death of an innocent young woman named Neda.
Although the Iranian government shut down the Internet, the horrific images and video of her death was transmitted across the world via Twitter and YouTube.
It showed the grim scene of Neda or “the voice” in Farsi grasping her last breath after being struck by police bullets.
Besides being deeply saddened by those images, this moment instantly made me realize the power of social media. These social tools really do bring voices to the people.
Social media is transforming how people connect with each other, mobilize for historical moments and bring about change.
The latest example of the next so-called Twitter revolution is happening in the north African nation of Tunisia, where thousands of people are demonstrating against their government’s corruption of excess while the people are struggling with hunger, joblessness and despair.
It all started with the bloggers sharing information about the corruption and further heightened when a young unemployed man poured gasoline over himself and light himself on fire on Dec. 17.
He was protesting the harsh economic realities of the nation. He died Friday morning from his injuries.
Despite a government black-out of the Internet, the people of Tunisia are using Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to share information about where to protest and where to avoid the military while documenting this tumult by tweets, posts and video for the world to witness.
The protesters have aimed their wrath on President Zine el Abidine ben Ali, who had been in power for more than 23 years. He and his family have reportedly fled Tunisia and landed in Saudi Arabia.
Seeing the tweets from Tunisia has been riveting.
My heart and prayers go out to these people a halfway around the world — that I only know from their social media posts … details that are hitting me close to home.
What do you think about what’s happening in Tunisia? How do you think it will end?
I would love to know your thoughts. Can governments curb the people’s will?