Detailed research proposal-Role of social media on the 2011 london riots

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The Role of the Social Media on the 2011 London Riots Introduction In recent years, the social media has become a significant addition to the political, social, cultural, and economic relations and functions of most people and most countries of the world. The social media has become a major contributor to the way corporations are running their businesses with its use of Twitter and Facebook in promoting its products and detecting trends among user preferences and reviews.


In recent years, since the dawn of the Arab Spring, it has also become a means of informing the public about political issues and of rallying the public towards collective action. This was very much apparent in 2011 when various riots and demonstrations were organized, spurred on, and won with the primary help of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The so-called Facebook Revolution was seen in Egypt when various demonstrations against the ruling government were staged by the general population with the help of Facebook. This was also seen in London in 2011 from August 6-11 when various events led to various demonstrations in the British capital. During the riots and demonstrations, many of those participating did not cover their faces, even posing for pictures while they made off with stolen goods and posting them in the social networking sites (BBC, 2011). There are different theories which would help explain the impact of the social media on the 2011 London riots. ...
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