The Social Media Revolution

Hands and eyes off the screen, keyboard, mouse, and phone, starting… NOW!

How did it feel? It feels wrong, doesn’t it? We spend more time with our eyes on a screen than we do looking at the rest of the world. We’re even looking at people and talking to them through screens. Just take one minute and list all the events that changed history this year.

2011 will be coming to an end soon. It has been an incredibly eventful year, from the revolutions of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria, to the drought in Somalia. The major focus however is on the revolutions the chain reaction that occurred all over the Middle East. As I type this, Al Jazeerah broadcasts people in Libya celebrating the downfall and death of Gaddafi. Revolutionists are hugging each other, women went out to the streets waving the Libyan flag…  It is now 3:40 PM Saudi time, and the news was confirmed just minutes ago.

Even though our hearts fill with joy, they also fill with envy. When will we have our own revolution?

For the first time in over a century, the Middle East inspired people in the West, rather than the other way around. Occupy Wall Street is living proof.

The world seems to be changing and moving at a very startling pace. Even if nothing’s happening in the country you live in, you can always go and protest in front of an embassy. Oh wait, you can’t do that; we live in Saudi Arabia, where protests are illegal.

Refusing to allow their freedom of choice to be controlled, young Saudis turned to YouTube and social media. 3al6ayer (Al’tayer) is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia, giving humorous commentary on social and political issues.

A “trend” began, and people were becoming more aware and more inspired to speak out. You will find a surprising number of online shows and series on Saudi New Media’s page.

Recently, two amazing videos shed light on two very serious problems in Saudi Arabia. The first being “Monopoly”, ‘a dark comedy that deals with the housing crisis for young generations in Saudi.’

The second being an episode from a series called “Mal3oob 3alena”, which translates to ‘we’re being fooled’, and talks about poverty in Saudi Arabia. Feras Bugna and others who worked on it were arrested after this episode.

We may not be out on the streets protesting like we would like to, but social media is the place to reach an okay percentage of the masses – at least until you’re arrested.

About Soraya

Lazy artist that can write and take pictures. Initiator of Casual Art Talk (2011), Founder of Onqoud (2012) Embracing art and culture!
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One Response to The Social Media Revolution

  1. Really interesting to read how social media is giving a voice and space for people to express their thoughts and criticisms.

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