For the past two days, my fingers and eyes have been glued to the internet , in solidarity with the Egyptians. The spotlight is on social media again as Egypt pulled the plug of Egypt’s internet. I poured over Twitter reactions, curated a few tweets to share to the rest of the world. I can empathize having experienced the non-violent People Power Revolution that toppled Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos who held power for 21 years. I know what it feels like to scream “enough is enough” and demand for change. My heart reaches out to the Egyptians who have to deal with violence to bring this change.
It is not enough that Egypt removes a dictator. It is also important to overhaul the system of government and disallow the same people to take over the country. Twenty five years have passed since our People Power revolution, but democracy is still fragile. The same crony capitalists are still lording it over. The same old politicians continue to build dynasties. Though there are a few new ones, the majority are scions, friends, or politicians that have some connections during the dictatorship.
In my own little corner of cyberspace, I am watching Egypt and pray for peaceful change now. With as little as 140 characters, I am in solidarity with the Egyptians.
Freedom of Tweet = the beginning of the end of the era of #commandandcontrol
140 characters is more than enough to convey the stuggles of humanity. With every Tweet and ReTweet, empathy spreads and support strengthens. Until suddenly, we look up to see that the world is watching, compassionate, and reaching out to help.
“Some Tweets may facilitate positive change in a repressed country, some make us laugh, some make us think, some downright anger a vast majority of users,” Stone said. “The open exchange of information can have a positive global impact. This is both a practical and ethical belief.”
There are also the Egyptian bloggers who brave police intimidation. So young yet so passionate with their cries for regime change. Their voices may not be the ones heard on the streets of Egypt, but what they’re saying is coming through loud and clear over the Internet, via websites, blogs and social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter.
If you want to follow certain tweets, here is a useful resource on who to follow: Twitter #FollowFriday – #Jan25 Protests in #Egypt . There are moving photos of the People Power.
Here are the voices of the people concerned over the protests in Egypts
Egypt protests with Jamal El Shayal in Suez
AlJazeeraEnglish, January 28, 2011 at 22:56
Map: Cairo’s ‘day of wrath’
AlJazeeraEnglish, January 28, 2011 at 22:36
Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 16 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 26 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.
She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on media literacy, social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.
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I do not support or belong to any political party. I was part of accredited media covering the Office of the Vice President and Leni Robredo as she ran as a presidential aspirant in the 2022 National and local elections.
On August 5, 2021, YouTube announced that I was selected as one of 50 Program participants of its Creator Program for Independent Journalists
She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and aboutmyrecovery.com.
Organization affiliation includes Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation
Updated June 6, 2022