In December of 2010, NPR’s senior strategist Andy Carvin noticed unusual Twitter activity coming out of the small North African country of Tunisia. Thousands were protesting against the humiliating treatment of a fruit seller, Mohamed Bouazizi, who then set himself to flames. Tunisians had enough.
Carvin tweeted out: Following protests in Tunisia via #sidibouzid hashtag. Wonder what the chances of all of this leading to a “jasmine revolution.” Don’t know.
Apparently, the chances of a revolution in Tunisia were high, and even influenced citizens of neighboring nations.
In his new book, “Distant Witness: Social Media, The Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution,” the NPR strategist takes us on a Twitter journey through the Arab uprisings from that spark in a small Tunisian town that led to the fall of President Ben Ali to a civil war in Syria. (read more – Daily News)