As the class has been wrapping up on the blogs, it occurred to me that this blog project is an extension of our blog theme.  We created blogs through the internet.  Each blog had a specific purpose: to research a historical subject, compose poems about the subject, and inform the readers about a particular modern, social or political phenomenon.  The internet allows our classmates to breeze through interesting posts at their leisure, through their laptops.  In the past, a project like this could only be done through posters or creating a book.

Blogs are a new medium that quickly inform their readers through visual stiumuli and important information.  Reading blogs are usually free, allowing readers of all backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and intelligence to read them (so long as they have access to the internet).  Unlike most Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, blogs are often formal and have a specific purpose.


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Wael Ghonim and the Egyptian Facebook Revolution

Wael Ghonim is another Egyptian activist who utilized Facebook as a tool to organize protests and gain support quickly.  Ghonim organized an online campaign that immediately sparked interest in the demand to oust the country’s president.  The marketing manager rejects the notion that he is a hero, calling those who died during the rallies heroes and martyrs.  In an emotional interview with CNN after Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power, Ghonim stated:

“I want to meet Mark Zuckerberg one day and thank him […] I’m talking on behalf of Egypt. […] This revolution started online. This revolution started on Facebook. This revolution started […] in June 2010 when hundreds of thousands of Egyptians started collaborating content. We would post a video on Facebook that would be shared by 60,000 people on their walls within a few hours. I’ve always said that if you want to liberate a society just give them the Internet. […]” 

Here is the rest of the interview from CNN:


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“Facebook Girl” : Glamour’s Woman of the Year

She is a Woman of the Year because: “In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, women and men stood shoulder to shoulder, demanding freedom and their rights. Women like Esraa insist the genie cannot be put back in the bottle.”
—Christiane Amanpour, who covered the protests in Egypt for ABC News

This quote about Fattah, said by a news anchor covering the protest in Egypt, puts into words how her efforts have released a powerful movement throughout Egypt that was constantly gaining followers and support.

As I was doing research about Esraa Abdel Fattah, I came across countless articles praising her bravery and naming her as Egypt’s icon for modern revolution.  She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, has conducted countless print and TV interviews, and as seen in the article below, was named one of Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year” in 2011.  The article presents how Fattah has also served as a role model for women.

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An ode to the blue bird by Emily Goldstein


WTF, ThatMomentWhen,

Embarrassing, TFM.


Tina Fey and Sarah Palin,

Words with Friends and Alec Baldwin.


Check out my new video on youtube.

You didn’t reply to my tweet? Rude.


Rosie and Sophia were on Ellen on again,

Downton Abbey is the latest trend.


Jenna Marbles posted a new video.

Steve’s tweets aren’t funny.  Unfollow.


Political arguments heat up in Jerusalem.

Ordered a pizza for dinner. Single girl problems.


Rachel and Finn just got back together.

Ted, I gotta know– who is the mother?


Just checked in at Amer’s on FourSquare,

Snooki’s pregnant? Still don’t care.


Two teenagers walk in the sunset, holding hands –

I’ll post a picture of it on Instagram.


Please don’t cancel “Community.”

Shit girls say, that’s so me!


Just got a job working part-time,

YOLO, bitches. It’s Tebow Time!


Have you heard? Did you know?

Please stop talking. That’s so ninety seconds ago.


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A Movement of Many

What gives the Occupy movement such a unique edge is the powerful voice of their protesters.  The people that make up the movement are fighting for similar goals and have the same type of values.  However, each person contributes in a way that may not be the same as the other, or may be a slightly different idea to bring progress to the movement.  This video gives a good sense of the voice of the Occupy protesters.


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This link provides a nice overview of some of the major events in the life of Frederick Douglass.  It gives you a nice way to put the time period and specific dates Douglass lived in context.

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Rush Limbaugh Goes a Step Too Far

When Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” on his radio talk show, America responded with full force.  Fluke had testified at Democrat convention, complaining that the health care program at her Jesuit university does not provide contraceptives to female students. Limbaugh argued that if Fluke receives contraceptives for free, it is like she is being paid to have sex, like a prostitute.

Users on Facebook and Twitter, celebrities, news stations, and even President Obama defended Fluke within days of Limbaugh’s criticism.  In the following week, a total of 142 sponsors pulled their sponsorship for his show, including AOL, AllState Insurance, and Bonobos Clothing.  Although not everyone agrees on whether contraceptives (like birth control) should be provided by health care programs, most can agree at least that Limbaugh’s wording was unacceptable.

Because of the rush of support for Fluke and the drop of support for Limbaugh, Fluke quickly became a poster child for women’s reproductive rights.  Just how Frederick Douglass’ name quickly jumps to mind  at the mention of “abolition,” the public now can link Sandra Fluke’s face to the words, “reproductive health.”

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