Networking Dissent
Saima Saeed
TWITTER AND TEAR GAS: THE POWER AND FRAGILITY OF NETWORKED PROTESTS by Zeynep Tufekci Yale University Press, 2018, 361 pp., $ 26.00
March 2018, volume 42, No 3

Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protests by Zeynep Tufekci is a brilliant account of the organization, mobilization and spread of dissent in a digital age. The over 275-page description of protests in the ‘networked public sphere’(p. 19) is a riveting account of the role of the internet in movements ranging from the Zapatista uprisings in Mexico, the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement in New York. ‘Thick descriptions’ of protests and ethnographic details of informal communities of friends and connected protestors from varied locations: Gezi Park in Turkey, Tahrir Square in Egypt and New York’s Zuccotti Park create a narrative which presents a convincing argument about the power of the internet, especially, the social media and their ability to inspire, organize, share, disseminate and archive protests calls, messages and videos which governments find increasingly difficult to control in the transnational world of the web.

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