Diplomatic Pouch blog comments on social media’s role in Middle East civil unrest

Diplomatic Pouch BlogJacob Comenetz’ article, “Digital Diplomacy”, in  “The Diplomatic Pouch” blog of the Washington Diplomat newspaper, discusses the role of social media in the civil uprisings rippling through many Arab countries.

Comenetz notes that a lack of understanding of the dynamics of social media not only is bringing down authoritarian Arab governments, but also apparently cost the job of Philip Crowley, State Department spokesman. Crowley’s comments about the US government’s handling of the soldier responsible for the WikiLeaks disclosures were highlighted by a blogger, leading to Crowley’s resignation from his post.

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