Egypt's Protest and The Media's Influence
Recently there has been breaking news yet again in the Arab world. I didn’t understand what was going on, however I did know what ever was happening, was happening in Egypt. In class is where I began to learn more about the 2011 Egyptian Protest. We watched videos and read articles. The images and footages that were presented were completely shocking. I could never imagine my country having to go through something like this. But then again, the reasons why people revolt is because of corrupt government. Seeing 2 billion people in one place at one time just makes me think about the future of the lives that will be affected by this crisis.
To have a better understanding of this current event I decided to do some additional research. An article in Wikipedia, 2011 Egyptian Protest stated that the reasons for these protest go back all the way to 1981. After the assassination of President Anwar El Sadat, Hosni Mubarak has leaded Egypt’s semi-presidential republic government and has been the longest serving President in Egypt's history. Wait a minute, did they just quote, “Longest serving President in Egypt’s History?” From the 1980 till now, that’s 30 years in the making and the riots have started January 25, 2011. Something seems really weird about this Egyptian government. Anyways, the reason for the protest include: 1. The Emergency Laws: police powers are extended, constitutional rights suspended, censorship is legalized, and the government may imprison individuals indefinitely and without reason. 2. Overpopulation crisis leading to poverty, poor hygiene, poor education, and housing issues, as well as a lack of adequate arable land. With that being said the reasons are clearly valid and no time should be wasted. I’m no fan of violence; however I think people can make an exception when it comes to living horrible conditions and demand change.
There had been controversies about the U.S getting involved. Some may say we should get involved, and some may disagree. I on the other hand think the U.S should not get involved as far as lending then money since we have been giving them millions of dollars. I also do not think our army should cross their boarders for any reasons. We have been intervening with other countries problems for years and years and till this day were in a war that could have been avoided. I think if we do get involved it will just cost us money, lives and probably another war. We should avoid these things by staying neutral as a country. As far as individuals, we can get involved in many ways.
Ever since the protests have started the media has played a big role. People are trying to inform the world on what’s going on so the Egyptians gain supporters and not cynics. An article I read “How Twitter Responded to Egypt Crisis” (http://www.onlinemarketing-trends.com/2011/01/how-twitter-responded-to-egypt-crisis_30.html), explains the importance of the involvement of Facebook and Twitter during this time. One sentence that stood out for me was “Websites like Twitter has been a unifying force for protesters trying to use them to organize and sustain their resistance to their governments” Even though U.S is not getting involved, people have taken the extra step to help in their own way. Many people feel sympathetic towards the Egyptian people although there isn’t much to do to help but support them.
Also websites like Youtube have made an impact as well. They show images, videos, interviews and statistics about this current event. As stated before there isn’t much for a country as a whole to do however, the media’s role in our life can helpa country like Egypt and other Arabic countries gain supporters and mental assistance. There have been also other influences other than the U.S. In Australia, protesters have demonstrated their condolences for the Egyptians. This picture was taking in Sydney, Australia during a protest. (http://www.indymedia.org.au/keywords/egyptian-revolution)