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This blog is written by Director of the Institute Michael Schmidt, unit managers or facilitators at the IAJ about current media and communications issues and debates.

 

How social networks intensify protests

Graeme Addison

Some people doubt that social media are able to mobilise populations. It's not the social media, the argument goes, but the fact that grassroots organisations have long prepared the ground for mass protests: that's what brings people out on the streets.

Recently on Business Day, Steven Friedman opined: "Social media did not change the Middle East — years of organising by opposition and civil society groups did. At most, social media helped parts of the opposition communicate with each other."

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