We’re all pretty aware that social media has unlocked the window into a new – now routine -- way of communicating.
Its impact has been global -- particularly when it comes to freedom.
Will that have future impact? Is spring once again in the air?
Social media played a major role in the Arab Spring, which began in late 2010, as a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests, riots, and civil wars in the Arab world, quickly spreading throughout North Africa and the Middle East.
A 2011 article in the UAE’s The National cites a Dubai School of Government report released that year which gave credit to “the conventional wisdom that Facebook and Twitter abetted, if not enabled, the historic region-wide uprisings of early 2011.”
The report stated that social media “played a critical role in mobilisation (sic), empowerment, shaping opinions and influencing change.”
There is much debate as to how much of a role social media has played in the free-flow of information in dictator-controlled countries, so the question still remains: “Will the rest of the world get the chance to ‘Like?’”
Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some.
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