Adam Hedengren
Last updated: 28 February, 2012

What myths surround the role of social media in achieving political or social change?

In 2011, the world’s perception of social media changed. The power of Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms certainly didn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but the notion that they could help topple regimes and transform the political map of the Middle East baffled most commentators. But, is it that simple? Isn’t there a chance that we in fact exaggerated the role of social media in all this?

“Being in the country, allowed me to see really how mythical this idea of the social media revolution producing political revolutions in these countries was”, says Abbas Barzegar, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Georgia State University, in this video interview.