issue #02 (58)2011
New Ruling Power: Hunger, Emotions, and Twitter
January and February 2011 has been a time of social protest movements, spreading across North Africa and the Middle East. Observers suggest that these upheavals were made possible owing to the role of the social media.When and why did such social media become an alleged politically dangerous tool? Did these revolutionary communication tools actually play a crucial role in these revolutions? Is this a dismissal warrant for present governments or merely a new environment that demands new strategies on their part?
The answers to the questions listed above and many others are provided by the following experts:
Ian Bremmer, President and Founder of the Eurasia Group, a leading analytical centre dedicated to the study of global political risks; Sara Oates, Professor of Political Communication at the University of Glasgow (Scotland); Vyacheslav Nikonov, President of the Polity Foundation and the Unity for Russia Foundation; Noureddine Miladi, Editor-in-chief of the 'Arabic and Islamic media studies journal'; Nikolai Grigoriev, a political scientist, co-founder and Director of studies and strategic development at the Mediurg agency; Marina Litvinovich, a politician and member of the United Council of United Peoples Front; Slavoj Zizek, a renowned philosopher.