Al Jazeera: “Social Networks, Social Revolution”

The first part of this “Empire” segment from Al Jazeera English presents a social media chronology of the #Jan25 revolution in Egypt. It was produced by Ahmed Shihab-Eldin. I like the way he turned text-based tweets into a dramatic video/audio representation, an effective carry-over of social media into broadcast media.

The second part of “Empire” is an excerpted panel discussion held at the Columbia Journalism School in New York City on Feb. 14 in the heady aftermath of Hosni Mubarak’s downfall. The moderator is Al Jazeera’s Marwan Bishara; the panelists are Amy Goodman, Clay Shirky, Carl Bernstein, Emily Bell, and Evgeny Morozov.

According to Columbia University:

Columbia Journalism School’s Lecture Hall was packed Friday afternoon when a panel of five journalists and digital media experts gathered to discuss the power and potential of social media in a televised discussion with Marwan Bishara, host of Al Jazeera English’s “Empire.”

As Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had relinquished power just hours before, the event could not have been more timely. Highlighting what Dean Nicholas Lemann has called “the convening power of Columbia Journalism School,” Dean of Students Sree Sreenivisan introduced Bishara and the panel before everyone paused to listen to President Obama’s live remarks on the transition of power in Egypt.

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