Muslim brotherhood and blogging

Muslim brotherhood and blogging

One of the remarkable phenomenon that recently attributed the Muslim brotherhood was blogging. The main question here: how do we understand this phenomenon? does it represent objection inside the group, or a new trend of individuality? can we consider it expression of openness between the members of the group and organization? and how did the organization deal with it, especially as it cannot be considered as a dissent?

The MB bloggers emerged in a time where no strong media establishment existed to represent the MB or reflect the organization’s political weight as a leading oppositional force in the Egyptian society. What worsen the situation even more is that the Egyptian regime prohibits any official or semi-official appearance of the MB in the Media. This situation begot a necessity in the MB to find an alternative tool of expression and the Internet was the most suitable answer. In this atmosphere the MB’s blogging phenomenon emerged not as an opposition or an revolution against the organization, but rather as a normal expansion as a response to the MB’s needs, note that in 2005 the MB started to engage seriously in the political life with the increase in the margin of freedom that was offered by the government. So, Blogging cannot be considered some sort of objection to the mainstream of the organization, but it happened as a part of the transformation that happened to the MB as a whole in finding new alternatives to the limitations they are facing in the media, we will notice that in 2005 the MB founded the simultaneously several MB bloggers launched their sites, we can even say that blogging came as an attempt to increase the MB presence on the popular level.

The MB bloggers did not blog about something different and did not talk about new problems other than the ones that the mainstream in the organization has always complained about or discussed. It’s difficult to notice real different content in the blogs, what could be actually noticed is the “style”. No doubt that the bloggers were young member of the group, who were more capable of using this kind of technology, and acquired easier language that’s more closer to the public. In addition the phenomenon represented a successful attempt to break the siege that the government imposed on the group. Even the ones that are considered to be resentful like difficult to deem them as disobedient, as they were actually revolting against the weak performance and the mistakes done by the official media outlets of the organization, and this their calls are not disobedience with the MB’s discourse. The MB’s bloggers used blogging as a political action, it is difficult to differentiate between several blogs and to a great extent we can notice the absence of the subjectivity or speciality in the blogs. Yet an important change happened, the organization failed to complete its attempts of reformation inside the group, what increased the feelings of depression among the younger members was the clear failure that the political leadership demonstrated in dealing with the other oppositional factions and forces in the Egyptian society, like, for instance, Kefayamovement, the thing that turned these blogs into tools for self-criticism to the group and it’s performance.

The growing influence of these blogs added a lot to its weight, some consider them more credible than the official MB’s media. This point led led to a serious transformation, that the western and Arab media began to deal with these bloggers as representatives and symbols of the group in many important cases. This point led to a more serious problem, that those bloggers started to hold an important position in the public domain without their stance inside the group has changed, which created some sort of conflict between them and them leadership in the organization.

The relation between the bloggers and the MB could be described as an insurgency inside the group and inside its frame, but not a fragmentation. The main purpose of this insurgency is to enhance the relation with the leadership inside the organization, and the MB was successful in re-integrating most of these bloggers in the organization in positions that suits their role and activities.

Few several remarks are important to add here: blogging represented a new tool of education from one side, it was also a successful trend in changing or developing the tools used by the group since the organization was forced to negotiate and bargain instead of just being the sole commander who has the right to say whats right and whats wrong. On the other hand, the MB still demonstrates a crucial success in adapting with different situations and problems, whether internally or externally.