I cannot fathom why some observers chose to minimize the role of SM in these events. While not the cause of the revolution in North Africa and the Middle East, social media is certainly the mobilization channel that made these event a vast popular movement.
Here's Wahel Ghonim, one of the face of this so-called "cloud" leaderless revolution:
Okay so here it is ... the three convergence vectors:
- mobile devices and technologies
- social media platforms and the willingness of people to share their experiences and opinions
- a new era of volunteerism ... both in the digital word and on the ground ... people help, create, and build powerful networks.