How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump


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Twitter, the company, retweeted my talk in a call for job applicants to “join the flock.” The implicit understanding was that Twitter was a force for good in the world, on the side of the people and their revolutions. The new information gatekeepers, which didn’t see themselves as gatekeepers but merely as neutral “platforms,” nonetheless liked the upending potential of their technologies.

I shared in the optimism. I myself hailed from the Middle East and had been watching dissidents use digital tools to challenge government after government.

But a shift was already in the air.

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Zeynep Tufekci — MIT Technology Review

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2 thoughts on “How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump

  1. A most interesting article. Thank you for reblogging it. One thing that upsets and concerns me is the image given of someone videoing a young woman bleeding to death, probably with the intention/hope of selling it to the news media and posting on Facebook, Instagram etc, rather than helping save her life. To me, that is one of the most disturbing and disgusting aspects. And it happens all the time, everywhere.

  2. I remember a photo in this context. A child almost dying of hunger and a vulture waiting in Africa. The photographer received lot of flak.

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