Videos appeared at an exponential rate through all manner of web sites. The thread was handed from continent to continent, time zone to time zone over 36 hours the Tunisian revolution unfolded heralding a new methodology of internet revolution.
Tunisia – Internet revolution
Over the last three weeks it has become obvious that “the new media” have become the agents for world political change. Never before has an example of how public internet activity could bring down a government.The Tunisian revolution and the subsequent following revolutions in Algeria, Libya and Egypt are the direct result of information sharing and on-line activism. The Tunisian revolution is one of the first direct results of the Wikileaks U.S Embassy Cablegate being used as validation for the people of Tunisia and the subsequent over throw of the Ben Ali government.
The internet has been transformed into a minute by minute source that is refered to for world issues over the traditional media outlets.
Unprecedented change has percolated through the Arab nations and the Red Sea geography as never before seen . For the first time an Arab leader was pressured from office by public opinion.
Mainstream media were slow to take up the thread of the Tunisian revolution, and even today have still not reported on some of the incidents, such as the Kasserine massacre.
Bloggers and vloggers from all over the world filled sites with videos taken from mobile phones. Tweets by the second buzzed through optic fibre fuelling a rage which consumed the portals of popular video sites.
Along with this were the Wikileaks U.S Embassy cables which ultimately validated the protesters claims.
The cables from the Tunisian American Embassy showed how the U.S and the European countries knew about the Ben Ali regimes appalling human rights violations.
Systemic corruption and bribery were outlined in the Tunis cables, unrest and the people’s suffering were also conveyed.
However the cable does not offer a possible solution but belies support for the Ben Ali regime as gate-keeper of the economic status quo in the region.
The U.S and European countries had 100% knowledge of the conditions that the Tunisian people were suffering under, but valued its own economic status quo in the region over the Tunisian people’s rights of self-determination.
The next video shows how Ben Ali made constitutional changes which are now causing consternation amongst the Tunisian people. Ben Ali actively sought to create a vacuum of political opposition, so any leadership for the Tunisian people is hardly represented. This is the first test that the Tunisian people will have to overcome.
Tunisians want a complete purge of the Ben Ali legacy from their constitutional proceedings. The military have embraced the protesters as have the police.
Like an inland Tsunami the people’s media revolution spread to Algeria, Egypt and Libya….
In Egypt the 25th January 2011 will be known as “revolution day”
Your plane is waiting Mubarak……..and Hilary…..STFU!!!