Egypt: The Twitter-less revolution

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8 Responses to “Egypt: The Twitter-less revolution”

  1. martinhekker says:

    If M is sincere about guarding Egypt from sliding into fundamentalist crap, best to turn on the internets as fast as possible. It seems that the most heinous forms of nationalism thrive on chaos and lack of communication. Cooperation and altruism require the ability to communicate and trade. Shutting everything off clearly has no effect on the rebellion. This is the most amazing thing to happen in a long time.

  2. Anonymous says:

    the other thing to consider is: If people can’t communicate in isolation then they have no choice but to communicate in person. By shutting down cell phones and the internet they forced people to leave their homes in order to find out what’s going on. Even simple, non-political questions like “is my brother okay”.

  3. MadLogician says:

    I seriously doubt that the protesters were in a literal vacuum.

  4. bobthecitizen says:

    I guess it’s the same here. When I worked training law enforcement I remember one of the guys who’d done undercover work investigating militias, he said that the signal to rise up in armed rebellion is not a signal, so much as the lack of one. In other words if our government cuts off communication a whole bunch of people will take to the streets, batshit mad, and that will be a day when I’ll stay home and watch the cat.

  5. Ernunnos says:

    Gladwell was right.

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