Revolution in the Age of Social Media
The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet
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192 pages / May 2014 / 9781781682753
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An accessible guide to the enduring struggle between people and power in the digital age
Egypt's January 25 Revolution of 2011 was a dramatic demonstration of the role social media has come to play in radical activism. A key moment was the appearance of the Facebook page "We Are All Khaled Said," which linked activists across the country. But how useful are social media in radical politics? And how readily can they be turned against the activists?

Revolution in the Age of Social Media looks at the role of that seminal Facebook page and the conspiracy theories that swirled around its administrator, Wael Ghonim. Herrera reveals the immense power struggles that took place in virtual arenas, showing how social media can serve not only as a site of liberation, but also as a place where powerful forces—such the US State Department, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Egyptian military—vie for control over the hearts and minds of the young.

The Egyptian uprising, while in many ways a distinctly Arab event, is also a universal story of power and insurrection in the age of social media.


“Linda Herrera has written the best treatment of social media and contemporary politics that I have read. Her Revolution in the Age of Social Media avoids—indeed punctures—all of the clichés and inflated claims that tend to dominate this discussion. Herrera provides a tremendous historical case study of the use and importance of social media in the Egyptian revolution of 2011. As she lived in Egypt for years through the revolution, Herrera provides insights I have never seen elsewhere. She provides a nuanced yet clear vision. All treatments of social media and politics going forward will go through this book.”

“Thus far the most readable and exacting account of the interstitial spaces between the street and internet in the Egyptian uprising … no stone is left unturned as Herrera offers an unwavering deconstruction of everything—from the simple messianism of Wael Ghonim to the conspiratorial obsession of Tariq Ramadan. I have no doubt this book will be an instant classic.”

Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet, is expansive and curious.”

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