Distant Witness and Going Mobile

In this weeks reading, Andy Carvin explained throughout the Prologue how and from what perspective the book was written. He outlined the book by country so that he could tell the stories of simultaneous revolutions. He also mentions tot he readers that he wrote the book from the perspective of a “semi-informed narrator,” which follows breaking news from various revolutions. Throughout Tunisia and Egypt, he follows the stories of people who have sparked a revolution. Mohamed Bouazizi was a single man who had everything taken away from him–his property, his dignity, and eventually his health. After losing everything by the hands of the government, the man lit himself on fire, not knowing that he would be the beacon and face of the revolt to come. He also tells similar stories throughout Egypt in the following chapter.

This story is important to note because in many countries, regimes and governments do not tolerate free speech or press. Sites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, and just the internet in general are constantly being monitored and regulated. People began protests and riots against the government which resulted in video upload’s to Facebook and tweets to twitter. This whole idea of going mobile correlates to Brigg’s whole notion that everything is available via mobile devices. News is spread in seconds by statuses, tweets, and pictures. In a world where media is so heavily utilized, the internet is our main source of information.

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