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Social Media and Expanding Public Discourse in Armenia.


Facebook may have been a starting point for Egypt’s revolution and its impact in Armenia is undeniable. But its not the only social networking sight that’s making ripples. Read on.



The following originally appeared on EurasiaNet, an operating program of the Open Society Foundations.


The world witnessed how Facebook flexed its muscles in Egypt. Armenia offers a case in point in how social networking platforms are exerting quieter, yet still significant influence in broadening the public discourse.


Over the past year, several videos documenting abuse in Armenia have made their way on to YouTube, the video-sharing website, generating a wave of outrage both inside Armenia and among members of the diaspora. In a few cases, the burst of pressure generated by social networking has forced authorities to take action.


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