April 23: Social media’s impact on political change

Arab-social-media-160PULLMAN, Wash. – The power of social media to influence political change – particularly in the Arab world – will be discussed by political science and communication experts 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Bryan 305.

In 2011, civil uprisings that began in Tunisia and Egypt developed into a wave of protests throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Social media spread the movement like wildfire.

“The Media and Political Transformation in the Arab World” is the annual media and politics symposium presented by the Washington State University Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service and the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

Panelists are:

David Faris, professor of political science and public administration at Roosevelt University in Chicago, director of the interdisciplinary international studies program and author of “Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt” (2013).

Deen Freelon, assistant professor of communication studies at American University and author of the Blogs & Bullets series (2014, 2012).

Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of the Murrow College, former CBS News Middle East correspondent and author of “The New Arab Journalist” (2011).