Saturday, October 25, 2014
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

Lost & Found

Lost: Diamond set in gold mounting prongs, fell off my wife's wedding ring, in Floresville, reward offered. 210-867-1319.

Video Lost: Cat, black and white, last seen the evening of Sept. 29 in the Woodcreek Subdivision area, La Vernia. Reward for his safe return. Call Richard, 830-779-2080 or 210-776-4930.
Found tan hunting dog. Elderly male not neutered or chipped. Please call 8303915099.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

The City of Stockdale is accepting applications to fill the full-time position of Field Employee. A Class ‘D’ Water or Waste Water license preferred but not required to apply for job position. A complete job description and application may be  obtained from Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at City Hall, 700 W. Main St., Stockdale, Texas 78160. Deadline to submit a job application is by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3, 2014. The City of Stockdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Be skeptical of ads that say you can make lots of money working from the comfort of your home. If this were true, wouldn’t we all be working at home?
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Commentaries


The Communication Revolution




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Disclaimer:
The author of this entry is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.
Contributed
March 31, 2011 | 2405 views | Post a comment

By Daniel Ward

As dictators topple across North
Africa into the Middle East, and new uprisings
coalesce on almost a daily basis, one of the
most striking aspects of this new revolutionary
wave is the ability of its participants to communicate
not only with their compatriots or comrades
but across borders with news organizations
and like-minded activists via social networks,
blogs, and other forums.

The defining image of the international
Arab democracy movement is that of a rebel
wielding not an AK47 but a Blackberry. From
Tunisians blogging to Egyptians tweeting and
Libyans texting, multilingual techno-literacy is
the mass’s weapon of deconstruction.
Impassioned pleas for support in English,
French and Arabic accompanied by amateur
video were heard around a world that had no
idea of the fomenting discontent until it was
communicated internationally via web-enabled
devices predominantly in English --
the language of international communication.

The English-language Saudi daily
Arabnews captured the feeling when it published
the catchy headline: "It's cool to be
Arab again" during the Egyptian revolt.
Another icon was the handwritten sign in
English held aloft in the streets of Cairo which
read: “Today, my real birthday, I am free.”
Some commentators have called the
uprisings “Twitter or Facebook revolutions,"
giving credit to the media that enabled them.
While others have stubbornly denied that
such grassroots media have played any
part whatsoever.

The reality is that educated, literate, multilingual
activists were sufficiently empowered
by these new communication tools to break
free from their shackles. Years of interconnectivity
had exposed the shortfalls of these
oppressive regimes to their citizens and constant,
cross-cultural communication acclimatized
youth to inevitable change.

The instantaneous nature of internet selfpublication
explains the viral spread of these
revolutions and their lack of hierarchy. But
only the articulate, web-savvy players were
truly able to participate.
"They (the West) are seeing something
new," said Sari Hanafi, a sociology professor
at the American University of Beirut, to the daily
Al-Ahram. "They are looking at
civilized, peaceful people, not the
stereotypical image of the bearded Arab."
Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based news service
vilified by many during the first stages of the
Iraq War, is now in discussions with Comcast,
America’s largest cable operator, about bringing
the network’s English-language channel to
millions of U.S. homes. But we need to know
more about the partners in revolution. In the
last 60 years, the population of Egypt has
quadrupled from less than 20 million to 84
million people of which the vast majority are
under 30 years old. Youth equals change as
long as youth is educated and has access to
information.

Protesters were only able to secure international
media coverage so quickly thanks to
their multilingualism and the ability to broadcast
their own news using smartphones. With
the world already watching, repressive
regimes were less likely to forcibly quell rebellion
so these democracy movements had the
chance to grow. Then, they were able to garner
the domestic and international support
they needed to succeed. Communication
breeds democracy so it is in all of our interests
to do all we can to encourage global literacy
and multilingualism.
 
« Previous Blog Entry (March 25, 2011)
 


Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!

You must be logged in to post comments:



Other Commentaries
Commentaries
Commentaries page govtrack.us
Commentaries who represents me?
Drama KidsChester WilsonWilson's Auto ChooserTriple R DC ExpertsAllstate & McBride RealtyHeavenly Touch homeVoncille Bielefeld homeSacred Heart SchoolBlue Moon Karaoke & DJ

  Copyright © 2007-2014 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.