Saturday, 19 February 2011

Protest outside of the Bahrain Embassy London-Barhaini girl tweets about the protests

PhotoBy Gail Orenstein-Web 3.0 Lab

The Web 3.0 Lab was out in full force today.
We had all multi-media technology going. We followed
Bahrain's citizen journalists who were using social networks on their mobile
phones to send messages of hope home to Bahrain from

We found large groups used Facebook, with fewer using Twitter. Younger users were more aware of Twitter than older people, but Facebook was the most common social network protesters reported using.

Older person reported using more text, email and new web sites. We observed a large number of people filming the event. We notice, to our amusement, that the police we having great difficult in determining who were the journalist and who were the protesters. Actually as we saw it the border between the two had broken down. Protesters were also filming events and posting content to the Internet.

We observed that the established film crews took a long time to set up their shots and had to pre-organize their interviews and coverage, while protesters themselves were more agile and publishing much faster.

This event really demonstrated the breakdown between individuals protesters and journalists. The distinction in user content world is starting to break down and the poor police had to make judgement about which people were journalist and which were protesters. Once police office had come up with a rule of thumb we found amusing. He determined that people who were talking on the phone were protesters and not journalist and had to stay behind the barrier.

Also interesting was a local group of Communist who came with their printed copies of Socialist Workers. They seem like cut out from another century, trying to distribute printed information while the protesters around them were communicating news with Bahrain in real time.

"The times they are a changing." Bob Dylan

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