Monday, February 07, 2011

THE POWER OF ONE WOMAN



Egypt: The viral vlog that helped spark an uprising. 26-year-old Asmaa Mahfouz of Egypt recorded this video on January 18th, uploaded it to YouTube, and shared it on her Facebook. Within days, the video went viral within Egypt and beyond.

[update 08 Feb: Tom Friedman offers a moving description of the shout for freedom in Tahrir Square.]

Boing Boing's Xeni Jardan gives more background:

The video is popularly credited with helping inspire fellow Egyptians by the thousands to participate in protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square, calling for an end of the 30-year authoritarian rule of Hosni Mubarak. The video is also credited with helping to inspire the Egyptian government to block Facebook. Whether it's accurate to credit this one video, and this one young woman, with all of that, I'll leave to activists in Egypt who know the history better than I. But at the very least, her powerful video captures the spirit of an important moment in history.

There are more details and links at the original post.

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