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The Face of Khaled Said

Posted by on February 5, 2011

Khaled Said
The power of online writing lies in the ability to instantly join a discourse community. There is no wait for review and publishing, no hierarchical chain of power to answer to. Communities grow virtually through shared values, experiences, and beliefs, and can connect instantly from anywhere in the world. Knowledge spreads like wild fire, and to paraphrase Michel Foucault, knowledge creates power.

This New York Times story reveals the power that social media tools like Facebook have in creating new spaces for discourse communities to connect and grow, and shows how one Facebook page in particular–We Are All Khaled Said–helped create a community that was able to transfer its power from the virtual world of the Web to the streets of Cairo.

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