Baad el Bahr Cultural Association will present to Cairo's public the book "Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism" by Paolo Gerbaudo (King's College London) on Sunday March 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art, 8 Champollion St., phone 25784494 or 0100 1704554
Introduction: Gennaro Gervasio, British University in Egypt
Participant: Salma Hegab, Egyptian blogger
"Tweets and the Streets analyses the culture of the new protest movements of the 21st century. From the Arab Spring to the 'indignados' protests in Spain and the Occupy movement, Paolo Gerbaudo examines the relationship between the rise of social media and the emergence of new forms of protest.
Gerbaudo argues that activists' use of Twitter and Facebook does not fit with the image of a 'cyberspace' detached from physical reality. Instead, social media is used as part of a project of re-appropriation of public space, which involves the assembling of different groups around 'occupied' places such as Cairo’s Tahrir Square or New York’s Zuccotti Park.
An exciting and invigorating journey through the new politics of dissent, Tweets and the Streets points both to the creative possibilities and to the risks of political evanescence which new media brings to the contemporary protest experience."
Copies of the book will be available at the event.