Are the new technologies the end of books?

The youth is called the wired generation because they are constantly connected throughout the world coming up with ideas to revolutionize the era they are living in. They talk about a monumental generational rupture that is driven by the new media and I strongly agree as with this new wave of social technological media the ways of learning have varied in a radical way. Now-a-days people use this media to learn about what is happening throughout the world, the idea of books is beginning to disappear, everything is on the internet so why spend money on purchasing those books?

However it is not only the bad aspects which we should concentrate on, as like Aly El Raggal explains these generations possess patterns of sociability, cognition, and values distinct from the generations before the digital era. They start to think more as a whole, leaving aside their own personal problems and concentrating on the ones everyone has, they become a “we generation” something that has never happened before or at least it has never been so strong. It’s a new way of thinking that will allow, in the long run, solving more basic problems which is what has to be done to be able to solve the more specific ones. This is why they contact everyone through the on-line media and then they meet off-line to create the movement, it has been happening all over the world and the Arab youth, in the recent years, have been joining these types of actions.

Another aspect to mention are the eight features identified by Tapscott; freedom, customization, scrutiny, integrity, collaboration, entertainment, speed, and innovation. The youth interacts with the media, and this way getting more information out of it and being able to analyze it from different points of views. This era will have broader information which is beneficial until a certain point, as it also makes the youth be more visual and leave aside the academic aspects. They read so much about many things, that at the end that causes them to not know in depth any aspect of the world.

The Arab youth are sick to being left aside, they know that there is a high level of classism and the rich are always seen as better people and are helped in every inch to fulfil their needs whistle the poor are always left aside. This has created many insecurities and a high level of anger throughout the population which due to the new media it has spread and the movements have been created.  As the reading of Linda Herrara states, “58% of Egyptians between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five have access to computers, and among them 52% are Internet literate.”

Overall Internet is not only used to make movement, it also allows people to grow and expand their social characters. It is good for people who don’t have many social abilities, a way of growing and reaching further in life. However I still question myself; is this better than books? Are they doing right leaving the more academic readings aside?

Some ideas for the projects:

  • I thought this subject was very interesting and I would like to create a website which related the amount of activism uprising in the Middle East and how that actually effects the population and if it actually created changes. It will contain graphs, videos and very visual analysis for people to be able to understand what actually the increase in media is doing to the young population.
Are the new technologies the end of books?

The rising of the youth

“Social movements can generally be defined as a collective or joint action with change-oriented goals that require some degree of organization and carry some degree of temporal continuity”. (Snoe, Soule, & Kriesi, 2004, p.6).

The youth have always been set aside in the Arab world, however it’s the young who that are going to make a change in the world. due to this, this way of thinking is beginning to change in Egypt. Since the independence of Egypt from the colonial rule, the youth have become a pillar of the nation. As Amro Ali and Dina El-Sharnouby state in their reading, it’s the youth that have created an economic advancement in Egypt since the start of the Mubarak era in 1981.

This is when one of the problems rises, as young people are the ones that are beginning to have the power which at the same time increases with the use of social media. However they do not have sufficient jobs that allow them to live independently and create their own lives. The only thing that this creates is radicalism and movements against the greater forces and that’s one of the main reasons the young are the ones that mobilize the Egyptian population into different protests such as the one that led to the fall of Mubarak or movements like “We are all Khaled Said”. The strength of the youth scare police forces, so that’s why these forces do anything to try and put the most powerful down,  until the point of being killed brutally to death like the 28 year old Alexandrian Khaled Said.

Said’s campaign was chosen because of him, as they could have chosen many more but he was from a middle socio-economic class and he had absence of any obvious ideological background. To this we add a bit of sensationalism because the picture they had of his face after the police attack was so brutal they knew it would reach very far. He wasn’t a saint or from another planet, but he was the product of Egypt’s contemporary society and a member of the troubled youth.

The next generation that will have to take over the working force is suffering from both socio-economic and political-cultural problems and that is something worth considering. It’s unacceptable to have such a great amount of disappointment and at the same time not even allow them to express their feelings. This is why movements like “We are all Khaled Said” have appeared. It allows young people to express their ideas and explore new ways to get to their citizens with a faster approach than anyone else. Moreover we should not leave this aside, as with one campaign it is not enough. There are many young people whose stories we don’t know and are the same or worse than Said’s.

The rising of the youth