This essay will examine the stories of three ordinary citizens who became martyrs under oppressive rule. Neda Agha Soltan, Mohammed Bouazizi and Khaled Mohammed Said became symbols of movements in Iran, Tunisia and Egypt. These movements had strong impacts on the country’s political system, whether they ousted a dictator or raised the consciousness of a citizenship. Without new media, these victims would have become footnotes in the long list of atrocities undertaken by their governments. Because new media allows for information to be spread efficiently, their names have become famous in the Arab world. The stories of these victims resonated with average citizens and led to vast mobilization. This essay will assert that new media has galvanized protesters in Iran, Tunisia, and Egypt to take a stand.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 4-27-2012


William Hatcher

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Bachelor Thesis

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Honors Scholars

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Government and Economics