Here’s an excerpt of my latest post for Flyover Geeks:
It has been called the “Twitter Revolution.” The recent unrest throughout the Middle East and Africa has resulted, so far, in two toppled regimes, a number of deaths, and a lot of attention on the role that social media plays in politics and political change. It is easy to understand all the hullabaloo over social media companies like Facebook and Twitter, as well as organizations like Wikileaks. The reasoning is simple: in rapidly-changing environments, social media offer a nimble, democratic forum in which individuals can broadcast events from a “boots on the ground” perspective much quicker than traditional broadcast or “dead-tree” media can.
Check out the whole article here.