Professor: Everyday Americans can impact Middle East protests
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
There are still many questions about the movie that is considered the catalyst for protests breaking out across The Middle East.
The question Digital Doc Eric Sharpe says is easy to answer is how the video spread like wildfire.
"Essentially, there are not borders when the internet is concerned. You've basically lost control when you put it on the internet," Sharpe said.
But experts say perhaps the video was intentionally set free for the Arab world to see.
"This film is made for one purpose. That purpose is to enrage and upset people around the world. There is no more Eastern or Western hemisphere because of something called YouTube and the internet," Savannah Psychotronic Film Festival Organizer Jim Reed said.
Reed says he is a big supporter of free speech, but the movie in question he says is dangerous.
"It's like if you kick a hornets nest they will respond with random acts of meaningless violence," Reed said.
Georgia Southern University political science professor Krista Wiegand says it doesn't have to be a government or a big name...a regular person can start the violence that is happening around the world.
"I think the main thing America has to understand is what we do and say about the Middle East and Muslims has an impact on policies and actions in that region," Wiegand said.
Authorities in Afghanistan ordered YouTube blocked indefinitely to stop the people there from watching the film.