Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Why Occupy a Square?People, Protests and Movements   in the Egyptian Revolution$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jeroen Gunning and Ilan Zvi Baron

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199394982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394982.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 22 October 2019

A Facebook Revolution?

A Facebook Revolution?

(p.275) 8 A Facebook Revolution?
Why Occupy a Square?

Jeroen Gunning

Ilan Zvi Baron

Oxford University Press

In Egypt, millions have no access to the Internet. Many of the workers who dealt the deathblow to Mubarak’s rule by bringing the country’s industry and transport to a standstill in the final days of the revolt, were not regular internet users. Yet Facebook brought together many like-minded people in the lead-up to the uprising and Twitter was used to communicate and disseminate information and tactics. To what extent was this a Facebook Revolution and how was social media used by the protesters? To what extent did technology contribute to the development of new networks, identities and frames that were instrumental in organising the revolt? How did the state use technology in its attempts to retain (and regain) authority and control? This chapter reflects on the various ways in which the use of social media affected the Egyptian revolution from a social movement theory perspective.

Keywords:   technology, Facebook, Twitter, Internet, social media, communication, social movement, mobilisation, ICT

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .