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Tuesday, December 6 • 9:20am - 9:40am
The Power Of A Hashtag: Twitter As A Political Tool Against Oppressive Regimes

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Over the last ten years, the microblogging platform Twitter has taken mainstream media by storm, allowing users to publish updates to the globe via internet or phone. Tweets are often trite and mundane, but they have the capability to define, make, and break the news. This can happen in regions that are ruled by oppressive regimes. Living under an oppressive regime often means information is biased and/or difficult to disperse. With online tools such as Twitter, which can bypass internet restrictions via speech to text options through phone calls, activists’ voices can be heard. This research analyzes the role of Twitter as a political tool during recent waves of resistance against oppressive regimes in Egypt, Tunisia, China, Turkey and Iran. By using content analysis of tweets relating to certain hashtags of political movements within these regions, this research will discuss the effectiveness of Twitter as a political tool against oppressive regimes. The result is that people who may feel helpless under the oppressive ruling of a regime now have an outlet that can inspire hope, change, and revolution.

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Tuesday December 6, 2016 9:20am - 9:40am
237 Zageir Hall

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