Reproducible Revolution

Yesterday, the 11th of February 2011, the fruit of a revolution that started only a few weeks ago was reaped. The people of Egypt asserted their authority to bring down the long-standing dictatorship of Mubarak.

For now (I might add more to this later), all I want to comment on is what I found to be the most fascinating about this revolution. What interested me the most was actually not so much the revolution itself (the idea of a people taking action and rallying against a dictator for the sake of democracy and better rule), as this has all happened before. What was astounding was the nature with which it all started and became a reality. It was a revolution staged by technology. By using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, young and old Egyptians alike called out to one another and instantaneously created a collaborative effort to take down the dictatorship that had stood for many decades beforehand. This is a powerful indicator of how politics could be affected by the people in years to come. Dictators have always known the threat of agitated subjects, but now they know how immediate a threat the people truly can be. Armed with social networking abilities (and thus the ability to recreate a scene such as that at Tahrir Square), the voices of the people can be made louder than ever before. This Egyptian revolution was not significant in its showing of revolution as a possibility to overthrow a regime (as that has been shown many times before), but rather in its display of how easily reproducible revolution has become. Revolution-making has been simplified by new technologies that allow people to communicate effectively and rally around a cause without even stepping away from their lives and work. Something tells me a lot more revolutions are to come. And something tells me the catalyzing effect of technology will be ever-present and at the forefront of these future fights for justice and democracy.

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~ by Andru on February 12, 2011.

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