whoever said the revolution would not be televised?

Whoever said the revolution would not be televised was wrong.

The revolution was not only widely televised.

It was blogged.

Tweeted.

Texted.

Uploaded.

And generally broadcast more widely than any other revolution ever has been.

Peace to Egypt.

Shame on the hypocrites around the world who have supported Mubarak’s dictatorship all this time. The question now becomes, what will happen next?

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5 thoughts on “whoever said the revolution would not be televised?

  1. As I’m sure you’re aware, it was Gil Scott-Heron, and if I understand it correctly the point is that you don’t watch revolution on TV, if you want it to happen you have to march to a square and be prepared to take a beating or possibility a bullet. For us, the revolution was televised, and we skipped out for a beer during commercial break, (or maybe worse, ranted about ‘stability’) but for the people of Egypt, the revolution was live.

    Personally I found the unity there very inspiring. I doubt that we in this country would be able to come together in the way that the Egyptians have to protect each other. Or that we even know our neighbours well enough to be prepared to stand watch with them on neighbourhood roadblocks.

    1. yes indeed, I was being playful. And I agree that it is inspiring. Although its worth considering the role that a whole variety of media has played in this, and other, revolutions of our time.

  2. On the ground in Egypt, I suspect the role of the media was small, given that for much of the time communication was difficult and the non-state TV was blocked.

    I also don’t think many could have imagined that Egyptians would have come together in this way, even just a few weeks ago – it is a very divided society. Yet the urge for freedom, which I believe is godly, cuts across the normal boundaries.

    That said, it would be tragic if a vicious dictatorship was replaced by a military police state. Add into the mix the controlling effect of the USA (and others) and the likelihood of a country developing which has the kinds of personal freedom we normally take for granted seems rather remote.

    1. The evidence seems to be that the ‘revolutionaries’ (read: ordinary people) used social netowrking a great deal to make things happen. The revolution was in fact not so much televised, as tweeted.

      1. Well, again, it was a complicated picture. It appears that the initial trigger was a facebook page, and although there has been sporadic twitter usage I’m not sure it is proven that it was a force for organisation as the internet was completely offline for a considerable period.

        So it was a broadcast revolution, but primarily this was for those of us watching outside of the Middle East.

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