The protests in the Arab world in the last weeks have a common ingredient that made people organise themselves, The “Social Internet”. Tools like Twitter and facebook have been the main ways of communication.
Al-Jazeera, which is the main Arab news network, has been a testimony and voice of this revolution and is now launching a program that will air about half an hour a day and continue 24 hours a day, mainly using webs like Twitter, Skype, Facebook, Youtube and Storify.
The program will be called The Stream and will be emitted in English (Link). According to Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, the show’s co-host:
“The democratization of the Arab world is directly related to the democratization of the media, it’s not just about organizing protests…. There are so many different ways in which social media is used to connect people across borders, but also to connect old media with new media, to fight the battle, to fight oppression.”
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