Friday Lunch Keynote: A Conversation on the Front Lines of the Arab Revolution
As the Arab Spring turns into the Arab Fall, we’ll explore what’s it like to be on the front lines of the revolutions and protests that transfixed the world and inspired a wave of action. Mixed into the discussion will be a clear-eyed look at the groundbreaking role social media played on both sides in Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.
Session Updates (13)
I’ve always valued the idea of being removed from the story …I’ve never been in a situation where [there was a profound impact] on me… at that point, I weighed my journalistic values on one side and my country on the other. I became part of the story in a lot of ways… but I have no regrets.
- Rehab El-Bakry, @Rehab_Elbakry
Carvin analyzed information based on emotions (emoticons) and language in order to determine which information to share. Whether this is “full-on journalism or oral history or something in-between,” it’s important.
Tunisia did not even register on the map of mainstream global media… our job as social media activists was to force that video on the news cycle and to force people to recognize that this was news.
- Nasser Weddady in response to a question from the audience