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To me it is amazing that we live in the 21 century and that women in Saudi Arabia are unable to drive. When I first heard about this I thought it was unfortunate but I honestly didn’t think too much into it. Until we studied it and read the articles and heard the different talks and it made me realize how hard it would be to not be able to drive. What is shocking to me is that women in Saudi Arabia have amazing jobs and are very smart however they are unable to drive. The most basic form of freedom is taken away from them. I though it was so sad that they have to deal with creepy men and so many issue just in order to get somewhere simple like work.

 

The ted talk we watched in class was very powerful. The women to drive movement is inspiring and shows how much power one person can have with the use of social media. It was amazing that a video of a women driving a car could change everything. I think that is what is very exciting about social media it gives the individual power. People are able to bring awareness to subjects that normally would not have light shed on them. This gives me hope and it makes me realize that we are so lucky in America and we are able to do so much with our creativity and social media and its time to make a change!!

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WOMEN2DRIVE

Cairo Drive

 

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Sherief Elkatsha was such an inspiration and everything he said about the documentary process made me feel better about myself. I have been working on a documentary on my own for the past three years and often times feel like giving up so hearing him say the same thing made me feel better about my project.

I could totally relate to him also with the love hate aspect of film making its such a long tedious process that involves so many outside sources that it can easily become very frustrating. He was such a great guy and defiantly gave me inspiration. I also found it very awesome that he went about making his film in his own personal way and not having major investors, I have a lot of respect for him and his process. I also think its great that Lalia and Sherief have been friends since they were little kids it really does go to show how important your peers are and making connections now that will help you in the future! I was very excited to see the film after hearing Sherief speak about it! I thought it was incredible and it made me think even more highly of him!!

I thought it was such a brilliant way getting to know a city and a society by understanding there form of transportation and how they relate to one another on the road. I loved all the interviews they were so real and I think he did a great job editing. The film had such a great pace! I truly loved everything about it! I felt as if I was in Cairo while watching the movie. I defiantly feel like I have more awareness for the city and I would love to go there sometime!!!

 

GREAT JOB!!!!! I CANT WAIT TO SEE MORE OF HIS FILMS IN THE FUTURE 🙂

 

Cairo Drive

Breaking the Silence

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This weeks article was very insightful sadly it does not come to a surprise to me how many women have to deal with sexual assault in the Middle East. Its truly disgusting and should not be tolerated anywhere in the world. Harrasmap was created in order to “To engage all of Egyptian society to create an environment that does not tolerate sexual harassment.” I think it is a great idea and very powerful to bring awareness to the issues that have been brought up.

Women in the middle east are not able to speak up about the crimes that are happening to them and in return are silenced. The Countries like to pretend that this stuff doesn’t happen silencing the victims as a way of denouncing the issue. However, with Harrasmap women are able to speak out against this repressive male oriented society. Harrasmap brings to life what is actually happening and connects women to other women who have been through similar issues. This is extremely important and helpful for these people who have had no one to talk to and share with what has happened. I think this is an amazing site and very important to bring awareness and shed light on what is happening with sexual assault in the Middle East.image1328359191-4597-PlaceID-0_s660x390

Its amazing all the data that the site has collected and the site shows what is going on and how vital it is for people to wake up and demand for women to have rights. I was appalled at how women are treated as secondary humans and so many rights taken away from them. We live in a world where this sort of treatment should not be tolerated any longer it is in injustice to society and the beautiful women that are apart of our world. We are all one. Our gender should not predetermine the way we are treated.

 

Breaking the Silence

To Blog Or Not To Blog?

 

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I thought both articles were very informative and I enjoyed the way they were written. The Article Arab Bloggers Meet to Discuss Free Speech, Reject ‘Journalist’ Label by Jessica Dheere was very captivating to me. The article discusses the roles played in digital activism. Many of the worlds top leading digital activists come from Northern Africa and the Middle East. This defiantly is not unanticipated given the fact that these countries are ruled by very repressive regimes. It is remarkable that so many men and women are willing to risk their lives and their families lives in order to get the truth out to the world. Its fortunate that we live in a place now where individual’s thoughts, experiences, ideas, and facts can all be shared in seconds with the rest of the world. Social media is extremely powerful but must be used in the right way for the correct outcome to happen.

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The article discusses the difference between bloggers and actual journalist. It brings up the question can bloggers be taken as seriously as journalist? Its interesting because I have thought about this question before and it makes me wonder. I appreciate what the article says about people wanting to blog about the truth and not conform to journalistic “code of conduct” however at the same time we also have to keep in mind that everyone has their own opinions and agendas when it comes to the news. I do think blogging is extremely important and as we have studied one can see what bloggers have done for the Middle East and the sheer impact it has made.  I do think many journalists have lost a lot of their integrity and the job isn’t what it used to be. The five major news companies in America are owned by the same person, Rupert Murdoch who basically controls what is being show and what is being said.

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The article also discusses why bloggers feel that they are not just journalist because they are not just reporting what is going on instead they are taking action and having an active role in what is happening. They facilitate change and solidarity rather then just regurgitate what is being said. The Bloggers are behind what is happening helping the people of the world. I really liked this article and it made me want to become an digital activists.

To Blog Or Not To Blog?

#youstink!

 

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I really enjoyed reading the article about YOUSTINK I honestly had no idea that these issues were even happening in Lebanon. I thought the article was very well written and I absolutely loved the Photojournalism project. I found the images to be very striking. Each Imagine alone provoked strong emotions within.

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I can not imagine being in a country where you are forced to live in your own and others peoples trash. people may read this article and not think its that big of a deal but if you can only imagine how much trash you use in a week and then picture how much trash your roommates use and then imagine not knowing or having any place to put that trash forcing the person to live in pure filth it would make anyone upset and sounds like its a horrible living environment. It is very hard to try to understand what that would be like given the fact that all of us live in the United States and basic sanitation is taken care of. This class continues to remind me how lucky we are to live in America. The pictures really helped me to understand to the extent of what was going on. When reading the article, I attempted to put myself in the people of Lebanon’s shoes and imagine waking up and going to sleep to the smell of trash. It would truly be horrible and I commend the people for protesting. I think we should all make not of what the people of the Middle East our doing and keep in mind the power of revolution and being able to protest.

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#youstink!

The spread of Social Media

 

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age: A View from Egypt written by Linda Herrera. I thought it was very refreshing to read an article that was centered around how media has “helped” the youth of Egypt. Now a days in America we are constantly reading and hearing how media has ruined our society and has transformed the young generations. Which I totally agree it defiantly has had some negative influence on my own generation however I liked reading a more positive article in which media has really transformed many young peoples lives for the better.

I thought Herrera Four Phase study was very thought-provoking. I enjoyed hearing the personal stories of people my own age. Herrera conducted a study where she came to the conclusion that there are four phases of social media. I think it is very inspiring that the youth of Egypt value knowing what is going on in the world and wanting to spread the “truth” I think this way of thinking is extremely important to challenge the system and not believe everything we are told on the news. I think in America since we live in a democratic country we often take for granted our privileges that we have been born with. I believe if the young people of America became more aware of what is going on in our world and our country we could easily come together and make change. Many young people are fed up with the way our government acts however we do not take issues into our own hands which I feel like needs to happen more. In Egypt Herrera talks about how important it is to know about current events and what is really happening in Egypt. The Egyptian youth educate one another through social media. This was very cool to me and inspiring to me.

Another aspect of the article I really liked was hearing the personal stories of how media has effected many of the young people. I thought it was interesting when Mona a twenty-two-year-old agriculture student talks about her internet experiences. She talks about chatting with a boy from New Zealand who had asked about Islam the author later says “for Mona, chat rooms provided an opportunity to talk about and spread Islam to broaden her social circles, and to seek out contrary positions in order to form her own oppions about important issues of the day.”

 

This quote shows just how much impact social media has on individuals and how much it can spread awareness and understanding for all walks of life!

 

I really would like to do some sort of bringing awareness video for my project I need to do a little more research and figure out exactly what to do but something on the lines of maybe asking college students what the think is going on versus what is really happening and bringing awareness and shedding light on certain event in the middle east!

The spread of Social Media

The Power Of Social Media

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I found the reading to be very informative and quiet interesting.

Both authors illuminate how technology was the main instrument in helping facilitate the Youth of Egypt in their right to protest. It is because of the young people in Egypt that there has been social and economic change in the country. Egypt is a country that has a very large “youth” Population in fact when Murabak was the leader over sixty percent of Egypt population was younger then thirty. That is a pretty remarkable number of young people however most of these people were not treated well at all. The youth was looked down upon and considered inferior to the elder community. Amro Ali and Dina El-Shamouby talk about this saying

The swindled young generation grew up in despair; they were not able to find work marriage or a voice. As the number of youth increased exponentially, so too did their frantic attempts to address their disorientation in a patronizing state that viewed them as a burden, even if the formal rhetoric referred to youth as “the future” and “hope of the nation” (6 El-Shamboury)

Living under these circumstances creates tension and a strong desire for change. This is where the rise of technology and social media became the youths most powerful weapon. It was the first time in history that a generation could come together and become united through their drive for political and social change. Social media created a platform for revolutions to be formed allowing a large number of people from all over the globe to communicate instantaneously sharing thoughts, plans and direct action.

In the Reading “ Social Media Revolutions” I found it very interesting when the author said

bloggers and other ordinary citizens became experts in the art of Sousvelliance by which the “watched” turn their tables on their “watchers” by recording acts of violence, brutality, and corruption. Thus social media networks are useful not just for coordinating dissent and producing ideas, but also for reserving the one-way flow of surveillance that has characterized the modern authoritarian state.

This statement is very true the people of Egypt were taking back their own power by posting videos and photos that demonstrated the horrific acts that were being committed by the government. It was the first time that the Government was being exposed globally by its own people. After the wretched death of Khaled Said the Youth created a whole new meaning to social media

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The Power Of Social Media