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dc.contributor.authorRane, Halimen_US
dc.contributor.authorSalem, Sumraen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:06:27Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:06:27Z
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.date.modified2013-06-03T00:01:06Z
dc.identifier.issn1321-6597en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13216597.2012.662168en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/47044
dc.description.abstractThis article studies the 2011 Arab uprisings as social movements for political reform and regime change. Social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter, are perceived to be playing a central role in these events, which have even been described as 'Facebook' and 'Twitter revolutions'. Using diffusion theory, this article examines the role of social media and the extent to which they can be credited for the emergence and achievement of the goals of the uprisings. It argues that while social media played important facilitation roles in terms of inter and intra-group communication as well as information dissemination, mainstream mass media are still highly relevant to the process. However, the success or failure of the uprisings largely depends on domestic factors and broader geopolitical contexts. This article demonstrates that the use of social media in the Arab uprisings has significant implications for diffusion theory in terms of contact and identity among the social movements involved.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.publisher.placeAustraliaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom97en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto111en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of International Communicationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume18en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMedia Studiesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode200104en_US
dc.titleSocial media, social movements and the diffusion of ideas in the Arab uprisingsen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciencesen_US
gro.date.issued2012
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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