In contrast to the movement for independence in Algeria that we have been studying, this movement in Tunisia was largely nonviolent, despite violence directed against it by the Tunisian state. As many commentators have noted, social media played an important role in the development and expansion of the uprising. This New York Times piece does a nice job of summarizing both the early moments of Tunisia’s uprising and the role that Facebook and Youtube played in it.
Music also played a crucial role, and here’s a nice radio piece featuring David Peisner, a writer for Spin Magazine, about some musicians who provided the inspiration for, and soundtrack to, that revolution.
Can you find other material about the history of the revolt in Tunisia? Can you locate facebook sites, youtube videos, or twitter streams that are providing updates about the situation in post-election Tunisia?