The Guns We Post On

How social media has shaped the outcome of rebellion, warfare in Egypt

Makayla Nicholis, Staff Writer

And all too often, we hear adults ragging on us over the abuse of the technological age — kids on their iPads, teens on their phones, young adults and their inability to hold a conversation outside of the messaging app.

Let them rag.

Today, technology is not a thing we’re looking to abuse. It is a gun we’re pointing at the head of the ones we wish to tear down.

Four years ago, a young Egyptian by the name of Wael Ghonim was browsing facebook when he scrolled upon an indigestible photograph of a dead man around his age. The man was a victim of the unreasonable abuse of the Egyptian army on its own people.

A revolution was born.

Since then, a three-year rebellion has been documented over social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The reason for documentation was not desperation for likes, favorites or subscriptions, but for freedom from a fanatic government and an abusive army.

On January 25, 2011, Egyptians began a revolution against their own President Hosni Mubarak on account of police brutality, severe economic issues and lack of citizen freedom. Mubarak relented his position, and a six month period of military rule by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces took place. The people thought they had won, until the Muslim Brotherhood took power by popular election. The brutalities worsened, and the power was even more abused.

Revolutionaries in Egypt took almost immediately to the internet in an attempt to get proof of these disgraces out into the world.

By way of simple uploads and posts, young Egyptians revealed the truth behind their situation. Photographic and video evidence is visible all over the internet, and each shows a bloody scene: the people being harassed, innocent bystanders getting shot, old women being beaten literally to the bone.

The result won the rebels support from countries all around the world who witnessed such cruelty and chose to assist Egypt’s suppressed citizens, but the idea of other countries seeing such things and feeling sympathy towards the Egyptian people was enough to terrify the government into a state of denial.

Now, as of June 8, 2014, Egypt holds a new constitution as well as a new president.

Social media literally played a part in fighting a war.

Though the actual act of posting did not stop those deaths from occurring, it deemed them worthy deaths — it gave them meaning.

Let them rag.