These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
POLIS Journalism and Society (LSE)
After Tunisia and Egypt: towards a new typology of media and networked political change
"Social media did not ’cause’ the revolutions in Tunisia or Egypt. But if I want to find out where the next uprising in the Middle East might occur, that is certainly where I would look. Social media is now a useful indicator, if not predictor, of political change.
And regardless of the causal relationship, social media does seem to be a critical factor in the evolution of a new networked kind of politics.
Of course, the most important pre-conditions for revolution are economic. Both Tunisia and Egypt had recently suffered economic downturns on top of gross income inequality in societies that are relatively developed."