20 Mar

They were angry. They were tired. And this time, they had smart phones and laptops.

As revolt swept the Middle East in the spring of 2011, governments fell. Bloggers and tweeters had chipped away at regimes, detailing every time they saw the emperor without clothes. As the discontent swelled and rose, the messages didn’t stop when countries blacked out the Internet and the people started making government change, whether it wanted to or not. The WVU Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism’s Ogden Newspapers Seminar Series is bringing witnesses of the online revolution to campus to discuss the role of social media in spreading democracy movements in the Middle East and across the world.

“The Revolution will be Tweeted: Social Media and Free Speech in the Middle East,” a moderated panel discussion, includes international bloggers, activists and entrepreneurs as part of the David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas. The panel, which will be webcast, will be held in Morgantown on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. More online: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2012/03/16/the-revolution-will-be-tweeted-westvirginiau-hosting-panel-on-social-media-and-the-middle-east