I argue that these digital tools are simply, well, tools, and social change continues to involve many painstaking, longer-term efforts to engage with political institutions and reform movements. It’s been extremely entertaining to watch– adherents of the view that digital tools of social networking such as Facebook and Twitter can summon up social revolutions, that the internet can be an effective tool for political change when used by grassroots organisations (as opposed to atomised individuals).

It was through Facebook that the first support groups following what happened in Tunisa were set up and the first demonstrations organised.  Social media was critical at a time when everything else was censored.  Social media has certainly played a part in the Arab Spring Revolutions but its impact is often exaggerated on the inside.

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