Tweets From Tahrir
Egypt’s revolution as it unfolded, in the words of the people who made it
Nadia Idle & Alex Nunns
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The Twitter accounts of the activists who brought heady days of revolution to Egypt in January and February this year paint an exhilarating picture of an uprising in real-time. Thousands of young people documented on cell phones every stage of their revolution, as it happened. This book brings together a selection of key tweets in a compelling, fast-paced narrative, allowing the story of the uprising to be told directly by the people in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
Many of the activists were “citizen journalists,” using Twitter to report what was happening. Others used the social network to organize, communicating the next steps necessary for the revolution to move forward. Nearly everyone online gave instant reactions to the extraordinary events occurring before their eyes.
History has never before been written in this fashion. The tweet limit of 140 characters evidently concentrated the feelings of those using Twitter. Raw emotion bursts from their messages, whether frantic alarm at attacks from pro-government thugs or delirious happiness at the fall of the dictator. To read these tweets is to embark a rollercoaster ride, from the surprise and excitement of the first demonstration, to the horror of the violence that claimed hundreds of lives, to the final ecstasy of victory.
Many of those tweeting also took photographs with their phones and these illustrate the book, providing remarkable snapshots from the heart of the action.
Edited by young activists Alex Nunns and Nadia Idle, an Egyptian who was in Tahrir Square when Mubarak fell, Tweets from Tahrir is a highly original take on one of the most important and dramatic events in recent world politics. The result is as gripping as any thriller – but it’s all real.
As an Egyptian who lived through the revolution, I found this book very emotional. Although I read it a full 8 months after the fall of Mubarak, it still brought me to tears. The hope and desperation of those days are clearly portrayed in those short tweets.
This is a good account of the moments that made up one of the very important events in our lifetime and might as well say modern history, a nation that makes up most of our recorded history, a nation that by far is the longest lasting super power either by it's own as ancient Egypt for 4000 years or part of the Arab Islamic empires for another 1500 years, it didn't come as a surprise that this latest events in Egypt took this much attention from the world...Egypt was taking a break from 1919 till now, well now Egypt is coming back to show us the way again, this is the Egyptian civilization...civilized even when it revolts.....God bless the mother of the world.