The recent protests in Egypt captured attention worldwide, and after 18 days, even President Hosni Mubarak got the message. His resignation ended a political era, and also started a new round of discussion over the impact of social networking.
Evrim Campbell from the west side is an assistant director of aquatics
How closely did you follow what happened in Egypt over the last couple weeks? I watched it on the news. I tried to follow the international news, mostly. There is only one channel available on our TV, so I've been watching that.
What was the most interesting part of the story, in your estimation? The power of so many people that can change something so important. The end was the best part, I think — it didn't take that long.
Was there too much media coverage, not enough media coverage, or the right amount? It was just the right amount, I think.
Bob Hurd from the northwest side is self-employed
How closely did you follow what happened in Egypt over the last couple weeks? Very closely.
What was the most interesting part of the story, in your estimation? That [Mubarak] reversed his decision over a 24-hour period. First he was going to withdraw then he decided not to, then 12 hours later he decided to resign.
Was there too much media coverage, not enough media coverage, or the right amount? Way too much.
Have you ever been a part of a mass protest of any kind? No.
If you could organize a protest with a million other people, what would you want to protest? Are you sure you want this one? ... Repeal health care.
Lawrance Reyes from the northeast side is a community organizer
How closely did you follow what happened in Egypt over the last couple weeks? I watched it nightly on the evening news, and read a couple articles.
If you could organize a protest with a million other people, what would you want to protest? I think I would actually want to protest education reform in the United States. I think it's really important that we improve our public education system, and I think it's important that a lot of those policies come from the federal level so that each state is on the same footing.
How big a role do you think social networking played in the protests? Did it help or hurt the protesters? I think it was pretty crucial. They definitely took advantage of the perks and the vastness of social networking in order to spread the message about what was happening and when, so that everybody knew what was going on. It really sparked a lot of energy within the movement, so I thought it was good.
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