How Much Did Social Media contribute to Revolution in the Middle East?
Tweets were sent. Dictators were toppled. Internet = democracy. QED. Sadly, this is the level of nuance in most popular accounts of the Internet’s contribution to the recent unrest in the Middle East.
Consider, for example, the quite representative testimony of Chris Taylor, Mashable.com’s San Francisco’s bureau chief, who, after a few disclaimers about the real-world organizing that preceded the Egypt revolt, delivers