Yemen, Syria, and Epilogue

I thought the chapter on Yemen was both an interesting read as well as insightful. He talks about different ways to utilize media in order to follow a story. For example, he talks about how he uses specific hashtags to filter through posts. Instead of using the hashtag #Yemen to search for relevant news, he uses #YF, which stands for Yemen Freedom. By changing the hashtag, he is able to get a more accurate search, and filter through a convoluted newsfeed. He also talks about how has uses certain tweeter lists to stay updated on the situation in Yemen. Aside from twitter, he also used YouTube to watch various videos of citizen journalism, which gives him a first hand glimpse into whats going on across the globe. In the Chapter about Syria, it talked about how the author followed the story of a blogger named Amina. I really enjoyed this chapter because it was suspenseful and showcased his knowledge on investigative journalism. It also has an underlying message that people on the internet may not be who they claim to be. The story of Amina was fascinating and opened up topics of discussion for LGBT communities in various parts of the world. In the Epilogue I found it interesting that people organize “tweet ups”, or in other words meet ups. I never thought to organize a meeting over twitter. After reading various stories of revolutions and protests, I have learned a lot about how investigative journalist cover events that transpire across the globe.

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