Conjecture: The ‘Arab Spring’ effect on social media is dead.
I’m a little perplexed by the lack of coverage that has been generated by social media on the uprising in the Ukraine (Euromaidan). Perhaps its the Winter Olympics in Sochi that is dominating peoples attention. In a nutshell the Ukrainian people have had enough with current Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych who is accused of being corrupt and in league with Vladimir Putin over the economic interests of the Ukraine within Europe. Journalist Lecia Bushak for Newsweek wrote that the protest’ ‘has grown into something far bigger than just an angry response to the fallen-through EU deal. It’s now about ousting Yanukovych and his corrupt government; guiding Ukraine away from its 200-year-long, deeply intertwined and painful relationship with Russia; and standing up for basic human rights to protest, speak and think freely and to act peacefully without the threat of punishment.’
Ho Hum seems to be the social media response in the west. Not even trending on twitter.