|If anything was over-discussed pertaining to the January 25 Revolution, it would definitely be digital media.
|By Hana Zuhair
|But then again, the significance of digital media, particularly in 2011, can’t be ignored – even if we tend to get bored of the topic.Egypt’s blogosphere was being built bit by bit and forming a fan base long before 2011. Many Egyptian bloggers and vloggers received international awards, including renowned blogger and journalist, Wael Abbas who won several awards through the years for his work on exposing police torture. Also, Mahmoud Salem, known as Sandmonkey in the digital world, won the best English language blog — a people's choice award — in the Deutsche Welle's Blog Awards in 2011. But these are only a couple from the lot.
Although many have been blogging for years, it was only after the revolution that these bloggers really gained momentum and became more recognized on the domestic level. Their hard work and creativity have touched souls and maybe even, at some point, motivated people to think outside of the box. They showed people that there is a new platform for resistance, for change, even before anyone believed in the significance of their aspirations.
This is why Egypt Today decided to bring you our pick of ten recommended blogs to follow for commentary and news on the country’s political and social scene.
Rantings of a Sandmonkey: http://www.sandmonkey.org/
3arabawy by award-winning journalist Hossam el-Hamalawy, who is also one of the staunchest advocates for workers’ rights in the country: http://www.arabawy.org/
The Arabist, a blog ran by several freelance journalists on Egypt, but also offers some of the best commentary on the region’s political scene since 2003: http://www.arabist.net/
Inanities, by renowned independent journalist Sarah Carr: http://inanities.org/
Misr Digital by Wael Abbas (Arabic): http://misrdigital.blogspirit.com/
The Egyptian Chronicles by blogger Zeinab Mohamed, known in the digital world as Zeinobia:http://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.com/
The Traveller Within by journalist and writer Mohamed El Dahshan:http://www.travellerwithin.com/ and you can also check his website:http://eldahshan.com/
Independent journalist and photographer, Lilian Wagdy’s blog, Stories From the Street. Great coverage of the street’s pulse:http://thestreetjournalist.wordpress.com/
Manalaa by the notorious Alaa abdel Fattah and his wife Manal Hassan:http://www.manalaa.net/
Video Blogger, Sarah Abdelrahman, who won the Edberg Award from the Swedish Embassy in Cairo for her effective use of social media, provides an entertaining sarcasm take on Egypt’s revolution. You can check her Youtube page, Sarrah’s World here:http://www.youtube.com/sarrahsworld