We are all Khaled Said

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Throughout the reading I was able to understand what “We are all Khaled Said” meant and what it represented to the people in Egypt. Majority of the youth in Egypt is growing up in a dysfunctional country were there are great scales of unemployment, drug abuse, poor quality education, and a corrupt legal system. As stated in the article Distorting Digital Citizenship, 62% of the population in Egypt is under twenty nine years old.

Many social media outlets have helped enabled uprising in many countries experiencing inhuman behavior towards citizens. One of the important movements in Egypt that spread rapidly would be “We are all Khaled Said” through the social network of Facebook. This movement helped the youth fight back the abuse they were receiving from the police through the incident of Alexandrian Khaled Said whom was beaten to death by police. Khaled Said was an indirect symbol who was able to represent the youth because he was easily relatable and his incident evolved the movement aimed towards the Emergency Law. Through this law, police powers were not limited, there was censorship, and citizens had no rights. The WAAKS allowed the starting of other small social media that address various of other issues Egypt faced such as sexual assault, marriage, drugs, etc. This aided the youth in seeing how important and influential social networks can be and recognizing the power it can have within their youth culture.

Khaled Said had a history of drug abuse and being problematic. He may not have been an ideal heroic symbol but he helped advance a rebellion against Hosni Mubarak former president would was eventually thrown over. Although there are still many remaining problems in Egypt to be faced this has helped spread awareness within the youth. Many are still hopefully that the youth will be more politically inclined and use the readily available and cheap forms such as the media and internet to gather together toward their human rights.

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We are all Khaled Said

4 thoughts on “We are all Khaled Said

  1. Maria Manzanares Gurucharri says:

    I definitely agree with you throughout all of your comment. However the idea of making only this campaign so viral has been leaving other peoples stories aside. Maybe an idea could be to create social media where all the problems are talked about, this way the real dimension of what is happening will become obvious and maybe it will even mobilize the citizens much more.

    As you mentioned, social media has helped enable uprising in many countries and the youth has found a new way to communicate and express how they feel about their own country and what is happening in it. This is completely right, the question would then be, why not help it go even further and try to make a real change?

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  2. As far as the youth getting more politically inclined, revolutionaries in Egypt will need to use another route other than using a martyr. If the cleaned up version of Khaled Said only generated enough protest to help topple a regime but not accomplish much social change other avenues will need to be pursued. This post did a good job mentioning some of the problems facing the huge young population of the country..

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  3. ipalacio23 says:

    I agree entirely with your post. I believe that without social media, the WAAKS movement might not have been as powerful but I do think that it would still have some kind of impact upon the Egyptian youth. In other words, I think that social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter served as a catalyst of the movement since people were already talking about Khaled Said, especially the bystanders. I slightly disagree with Khaled Said not being the ideal symbol for the movement because even though the socio-economic environment that he was in deeply affected his personal and was ultimately ignored by the WAAKS movement, Said served as someone that the Egyptian youth could resonate with since he was middle-class, young, and internet savvy.

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  4. Shaina Goel says:

    I like your concluding argument, reiterating that the hope persists youth will continue and increase political activism and involvement. I also find it key to emphasize social media is a relatively cheap and democratic medium which you mentioned. Where many people around the globe of differing socio-economic situations can be involved and make a difference.

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