UCLA Prof Quantifies Egyptian Media Revolution

We had to read the following brief passage from a recent The Medialine article about the field work of UCLA assistant professor Ramesh Srinivasan (pictured) twice:

Many of the people Srinivasan interviewed [in Egypt] didn’t even know what the Internet is.

That’s right. Though the 130,000 Egyptians on Twitter and six million or so using Facebook were a critical part of the Jasmin Revolution, most Egyptians got their info and motivation from satellite dish feeds. Srinivasan, who specializes in social media, recently spent a month in Egypt and said that he stayed more than once in a “shack made of garbage with a satellite dish on the roof.”

Srinivasan also found a telling divide separating the poor people protesting and the middle class folks tweeting and Facebooking. In the former case, it was all about food and jobs, while the latter were far more concerned with political freedoms.