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The revolution will be tweeted

Mohammed, Hanas LU (2012) UTVK01 20112
Department of Human Geography
Abstract
Social medias have changed the way we obtain information about current events in the world. Regular people have the opportunity now more than ever to voice their opinions and tell their stories over the net. Direct democracy proponents are calling for a paradigm change using the Internet to spread direct democracy. The recent revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa have been called Twitter and Facebook revolutions in media because of the heavy use of social medias throughout the riots. The question is: can social medias simplify the spread of direct democracy?

Using democracy theories and postcolonial theories I have analyzed the consequences and problems associated with social medias when it comes to democratizing information... (More)
Social medias have changed the way we obtain information about current events in the world. Regular people have the opportunity now more than ever to voice their opinions and tell their stories over the net. Direct democracy proponents are calling for a paradigm change using the Internet to spread direct democracy. The recent revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa have been called Twitter and Facebook revolutions in media because of the heavy use of social medias throughout the riots. The question is: can social medias simplify the spread of direct democracy?

Using democracy theories and postcolonial theories I have analyzed the consequences and problems associated with social medias when it comes to democratizing information online. Focusing on the social media Twitter and the Arab revolutions I have conducted a critical discourse analysis to investigate the types of ideas about democracy that are present in the platform as well as a supplementary analysis to find out which democratic actions that have been taken. The final results showed that Twitter is an effective tool for spreading information as well as a secure environment where the risk for propaganda issues is quite minimal. Also the democratic actions that were taken by the tweeters fit well into the theoretical framework of direct democracy. Hence, I concluded that Twitter enables the spread of direct democracy. However, it is difficult to understand the extent of the democratic changes using the method in this essay. Further studies need to be done on the subject. (Less)
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author
Mohammed, Hanas LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
An investigation of the role of Twitter in spreading direct democracy during the Arab spring
course
UTVK01 20112
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Social Media, Arabic Spring, Critical Discourse Analysis, Twitter
language
English
id
3045976
date added to LUP
2012-09-21 11:26:15
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2012-09-21 11:26:15
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  abstract     = {Social medias have changed the way we obtain information about current events in the world. Regular people have the opportunity now more than ever to voice their opinions and tell their stories over the net. Direct democracy proponents are calling for a paradigm change using the Internet to spread direct democracy. The recent revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa have been called Twitter and Facebook revolutions in media because of the heavy use of social medias throughout the riots. The question is: can social medias simplify the spread of direct democracy? 

Using democracy theories and postcolonial theories I have analyzed the consequences and problems associated with social medias when it comes to democratizing information online. Focusing on the social media Twitter and the Arab revolutions I have conducted a critical discourse analysis to investigate the types of ideas about democracy that are present in the platform as well as a supplementary analysis to find out which democratic actions that have been taken. The final results showed that Twitter is an effective tool for spreading information as well as a secure environment where the risk for propaganda issues is quite minimal. Also the democratic actions that were taken by the tweeters fit well into the theoretical framework of direct democracy. Hence, I concluded that Twitter enables the spread of direct democracy. However, it is difficult to understand the extent of the democratic changes using the method in this essay. Further studies need to be done on the subject.},
  author       = {Mohammed, Hanas},
  keyword      = {Social Media,Arabic Spring,Critical Discourse Analysis,Twitter},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The revolution will be tweeted},
  year         = {2012},
}