The Ultra Network

The overthrowing of the Mubarak presidency and rule of Egypt that most notably took place in Tahir Square was a feat made capable by the cascading network dynamic of the Egyptian political scene. It only took the forces of the Ultras a political regime that found its routes in the sport scene of Egypt. The law of Egypt was to castrate the people ability to form and unite in groups of cause or revolution. Basically all that was left as an option of bringing like-minded people together was the sports venues where one group known as the Ultras would congregate and discuss the outlook of not just the Egyptian soccer (football) club but also the political surroundings. This became the chosen forum of the Egyptian youth for venting their frustrations about being marginalized by a political machine that had increasingly restricted their ability to voice themselves. The last ditch efforts of the empire to minimize the groups abilities to coordinate involved shutting down the nations online networks and this only served as the ignition of the peoples angst into a formidable revolution that would culminate in the ruling regimes toppling. This serves to show how cascading behaviors of networks can be a truly deciding factor in the networks evolution overtime, and how the power of those forces can be tantamount to their size and influence as it spreads. The Ultras movement took every network option available to express the change they wanted and within time the power of their united effort would eventually overthrow an entire nations regime, its impressive to see these network dynamics in action. 


Author: Shane

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  1. I agree that there was a remarkable amount of what we call “civil society” in the recent Egyptian outing of Mubarak, and this played a large role in the regime change. The Ultra fan base is an interesting unit of analysis, and they certainly played a large role in the social cohesion and structure of the Tahir Square occupation (especially during the famous “Battle of the Camel”, said to be a major turning point for the regime). However, I see the overthrowing of the presidency as less a success of the soccer fans (or other civil society groups, including the Muslim Brothers) and more of the military (who truly rules Egypt, without governing it) making a choice to prevent further violence, to prevent what could have turned out similarly to what is happening in Syria right now.

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