In February of 2011, a baby girl was born in Egypt and given the name Facebook JamalIbrahim.
Her father chose the name to honor the role the popular social networking site had played in the Tahrir Square revolt that brought down Hosni Mubarak’s thirty year rule at the beginning of 2011.The Egyptian people used Facebook to coordinate demonstrations and to shareinformation during the protests, and the gratitude toward the social network felt by JamalIbrahim, the father of little Facebook, was widespread. During demonstrations, some protestersmarched with signs that read “Thank you, Facebook” in Arabic or carried posters featuring a picture of Mark Zuckerberg digitally alteredto show him holding up a message of support to the protesters.
A wide range of media outlets went so far as to label the uprisings in Egypt as theFacebook Revolution, but their praise may have been hasty and overblown.
writer Malcolm Gladwell tried to stop any lionizaton of social networks after news media began to push the story following the failed demonstrations in Iran in the summer of 2009. Gladwell argued that online media and social networks could not produce the kinds of connections required for successful activism. Activism and revolution require passion and
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