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“The Arab Spring was brewing in blogs and virtual communities years ago”

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“The role of Facebook and Twitter in the Arab revolutions has really been blown up”, says Karma Peiró, though she recognises that the Arab Springs of two years ago found a new journalistic way of using sources at a distance that became a “channel for the transmission of information that helped connect the Arab world with the West”. She cites as an example the broadcasting of the revolutions by Al Jazeera, “because television continues to play a very important role”, in this case providing broadcasts in the form of the videos and information provided by internauts. At the same time, the Internet expert traces the real origin of the revolution back to all the Arab bloggers and activists who, as far back as 2007 and 2008, were protesting against their governments. “The Arab Spring was brewing in blogs and virtual communities years ago”, concludes Peiró.

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Journalist and New Media expert
Karma Peiró is a journalist who specializes in new technologies, the Internet and the web. She has contributed to Web magazine, published by Grup Godó, and was editor in chief of En.red.ando magazine. She has taught at the University of Vic, the UIC and the UOC, and currently gives classes in Digital Journalism and Reporting and Hypermedia Production at Ramon Llull University. She was responsible for participation at 324.cat, the portal that brings together the news offered by TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio. She is also a member of BytheNet and the group Dones en Xarxa.

Blog: http://karmapeiro.wordpress.com
Twitter: @KPeiro