The journalist and director of VilaWeb, Vicent Partal, believes that the role played by social networks in the Arab Spring was “mythicised”. “We live in an age in which we love grabbing easy headlines, and ‘the Internaut revolution’ is a really easy headline”, asserts Partal. For the journalist, the uprising in Tunisia would not have transpired without the “objective revolutionary situation” that unfolded in the country. Partal also clarifies the role played by social networks, and links the penetration of their messages to the alliance that was forged with the broadcaster Al Jazeera, particularly in the case of Egypt. “Al Jazeera and social networks fed off one another: Al Jazeera had to rely on other sources since they could not gather the information for themselves on the ground and so used Tweets and Facebook posts as material; in turn, Tweeters and Facebook users availed of Al Jazeera to reach a wider audience”.