Social Media and the Greek Crisis: Its Impact on the Greek Public Sphere

The movement of the "indignants" in Athens resulted in some of the largest protest gatherings in modern Greek history during the spring and summer of 2011, and was largely organized via Facebook and other social media tools. Photo credit: Michael Nevradakis (6 June 2011).

Michael Nevradakis

When Gil Scott-Heron coined the phrase “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” in 1970, could he have imagined the form such a non-televised “revolution” would take three decades later? Social networking have had a profound impact on the global flow of information, radically altering the nature of time and space, and “revolutionizing” the very idea of revolution. In recent years, social media tools have been credited with helping to inspire or organize political movements in countries and territories as varied as Iran, Thailand, Moldova, Hong Kong, the Ukraine, and Honduras, as well as the “Arab Spring” uprisings of 2011 and the Occupy Wall Street protests throughout the United States which followed. Continue reading