When social change occurs is it the result of social media as the sole catalyst that creates the new change? Probably not, as it is only a vehicle for change and factors are many that help facilitate the long battle for social justice. The text explores an incident in which a Emad al-Kabir was being brutally tortured by Balaq Police. The police posted the video to other bus drivers cell phones to instill fear. Instead of fear the video was posted to YouTube and went viral…The Khaled Said movement was more prolific and unfortunately, more complicated. Movements seek martyrs and Said was one that appeared to fit the bill. He was a common youth that shared many of the problems of his peers..”drug abuse, unemployment, and conscription …” It would appear that the need for leaders and not martyrs are more powerful tools for social change. In other words, the qualities of a martyr may fizzle out with regard to political change unless the death sadly occurs following the strife of protest, imprisonment and injustice. In other words being a poster child for the victims list is not a powerful as say the path of someone like Nelson Mandela. With regard to the hype or reality of digital media it is purely a powerful vehicle for change although, it takes real leadership to actually achieve change.
All Hype or New Reality