<![CDATA[The situation in Tunisia is at the forefront of our daily newscasts and all over the newspapers. So, of course, it is also a topic drawing great interest on social medial websites like Facebook and Twitter. But there is more to it than ?just drawing interest?. According to a story on Wired, the internet has played an important role in helping organise protests and getting up-to-the-minute news out into the world ? providing yet another illustration that the internet has become a fully-ingrained and important part of the way we communicate and stay abreast of the world around us. It is also the internet, through social media and groups like Anonymous and Wikileaks, which played an important role in Ben Ali?s finally taking leave of the country. On Twitter, writers like Al-Jazeera?s Dima Khatib and columnist Sultan Al-Qassemi, have been providing aggregated up-to-the-minute information. ?Take a breath people,? Khatib wrote the day Ben Ali fled. ?We are living history. Tunisians have given us the best gift ever. I am happy to be living today.? Information also found its way to Facebook and other social media sites. In the months leading up to his fleeing, the Tunisian government tried hard to control and restrict the internet information flow. First it was general site blocking, and then they began actively pursuing user names and passwords for reporters, bloggers, political activists and even some protestors. We?ve been saying for a long time that social media has irrevocably changed the way the world communicates, and with this, we see how powerful social media can be.]]>
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