Twitter was taking off in the West when the Arab Spring began sweeping across the Arab World. There were early enthusiastic reports of Twitter being used during the revolutions and Western media jumped on the idea of Twitter, a Western technology, playing a key role in the Arab Spring revolutions.
It turns out Twitter did not play a significant role in the Arab Spring. The Moroccan Arab Spring is examined as a case study of the role of Twitter and it was discovered that not only is internet access limited along socioeconomic lines but only a fraction of people even use Twitter; certainly not enough users to justify claims of Twitter being instrumental to the Arab Spring.
Further analysis shows that Twitter does not play a significant role in politics in any country. Twitter is a profit driven company focused on generating revenue. This has led Twitter to focusing on and promoting everything to do with entertainment, where the money is. Everything else, including politics and revolutions, take a backseat to the search for profits. This drive for profits cripples any chance of Twitter becoming a true public sphere.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Department:||Global Communications and Civil Society|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Multimedia Communications, North African Studies|
|Keywords:||Arab Spring, Digital communication, Morocco, Twitter|
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