Fuchs spends a lot of time in chapter 8 downplaying the importance of social media in the Arab Spring. While I agree for the most part with him, I have one major reservation, namely the governments in each country's perceived notion of how powerful social media is. In many of the countries that had protests and revolutions during the Arab Spring, such as Egypt and Syria, the governments went to extreme lengths of censorship. They initially blocked social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and when that was not enough, they shut down the entire country's internet. The governments in this country were so scared of the power of these sites that they went to these extreme lengths, so is Fuchs underestimating their power?
The blocking of the internet also forced people to leave their houses and congregate in order to find out what was happening, so in a way this may have made the face-to-face interactions that Fuchs thinks so highly of seem more important that it would have been if the internet was still active in these countries. The shutdown of the internet may have actually been the impetus for more gatherings that led to major protests and revolutions, instead of being a minor part as Fuchs states.