Could you choose an iconic image for the rebellions of the Arab Spring, a singled out one that comes to mind as defining of the concept that united Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain, Jordan, Yemen and Egypt. The truth is that the most accurate image is probably not the uprisings in Tahir Square, Cairo, nor is it the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Not even Mohammed Bouazizi’s death after setting himself ablaze, an act that ignited the evens that unfolded.
Instead, the image to reflect on the protests is hardly as striking at first sight – it’s an arab person with a smartphone. They’re in the middle of Tahir Square tweeting a picture from the hotspot of events, they’re a nurse in an aid station posting about the serial case of a head injury from the missile strikes held by Mubarak’s supporters.