No, not those Arab revolutions—I’m referring to those of the first third of the twentieth century. And not that social media: long before Facebook and Twitter, there were newspapers and journal publications. Apropos of the previous post (and Anderson’s Imagined Communities), here’s Albert Hourani:

In the 1870's two new types of publication began to appear in Arabic: the independent newspaper, giving news of world politics and expressing political opinions, and--what most concerns us here--the literary and scientific periodical, with the double purpose of revealing to the Arab mind the ideas and inventions of Europe and America, and showing how they could be written about in Arabic.... [S]ince for a whole generation they provided almost the only popular reading-matter in Arabic, they gave the Lebanese an influence over the Arabic-reading public although short-lived. (Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age: 245)

And, showing that sometimes the direction of influence works in the reverse of that described in the previous post (i.e. something is written based on certain assumptions, and over time the assumptions are absorbed by the audience somewhat unconsciously):

[The Lebanese periodical al-Muqtataf and the Egyptian al-Hilal] tended to avoid anything bearing directly on local politics or religion, and which might stir up hostility. But behind them both, and others of the kind, there lay certain positive ideas about what truth was, how it should be sought, and what the Arabic reading public ought to know. That civilization was a good in itself, and to create and maintain it should be the criterion of action and the norm of morality; that science was the basis of civilization, and the European sciences were of universal value; that they could and must be accepted by the Arab mind through the medium of the Arabic language; that from the discoveries of science there could be inferred a system of social morality which was the secret of social strength; and that the basis of this moral system was public spirit or patriotism, the love of country and fellow countrymen which should transcend all other ties, even those of religion: it was largely through the work of these periodicals that such ideas later became commonplace. (Ibid., p. 246-7)