Social Media, Changing the World

By Ralph Hipp

The deed is done, and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak has resigned as I write this blog.  He's being sequestered in an Egyptian resort city, 250 miles from Cairo.  And he would not be sitting there if it were not for the enormous role Google, Facebook and Twitter played in the Cairo rallies that created a revolution, and forced a resignation.

Wael Ghonim of Google is the web search company's executive jailed for several days as the proclaimed self-starter blowing Tunisia's winds of revolutionary change toward Egypt.  When that many young, bright people converge in one place such as Tahrir Square, it sets off a tidal of wave of tweets and posts that bring people to the cause, fuel to the fire.  I would not be surprised if Gonnim and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg would be considered as candidates for the Noble Peace Prize.

We have never witnesses a revolution of this kind before.. and it'll long be discussed as to exactly how this all materialized.  Safe to say, the enormity of the Cairo street demonstrators and their relentless pressure finally forced the results that the Egyptians seeking freedom, were searching for.  Of course, the power of social media and websites from young entrepreneurs seeking economic freedom and an increased voice in the future of their country, plays perfectly into the way of the world for President Obama.   Even a short three years ago, he campaigned in the earlier world of website networking to rally the forces that propelled him to the White House.

What happened in Egypt is already completely different.  Naturally, Egypt is not going to suddenly become their promised land.  This will be a rocky and dangerous transition.  Some have suggested that military rule will mean Muslim Brotherhood rule of the government in Cairo.  Their fall elections will surely be closely monitored, and there be a new wave of messages on Facebook and Twitter during the painful transition to democracy.

But the Mubarak resignation, sparked by the political unrest in Tunisia may now make its way to Iran and other Middle East countries.  We can venture into the Bible to read how history is repeating itself in Egypt through verses and scriptures; we can now analyze their modern unrest through posts and tweets.  And that has got to be a good thing.   I'd appreciate reading your comments here, or on any social media network you use.      Ralph

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