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Online Arab Spring by Reza Jamali

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The origin of social media effects on countries' fundamental changes

This chapter sets out to establish why the penetration rate of social media is not the same from one country to the next. Are there any psychological and social factors which give rise to the different penetration rates? The research available surrounding the impact of social media technologies in Arabic countries is at present limited. Any current evidence which presents analysis of this matter affords little coverage of its impact in recent revolutions; however, this book is based on the assumption that social media tools are effective at different rates at a variety of levels. Five countries – Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Yemen and Tunisia – will be taken into consideration, in ...

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