Published on February 20th, 2011 | by Leonard Jackson0
In our world today, especially in politics, things move so fast that before you have a chance to study the circumstances concerning a particular issue it’s over and now you must hurry to try to form an opinion about the results. Is the outcome good for us or bad; should we be optimistic about the future or apprehensive?
The unpopular president of Egypt resigned, returned, wasn’t going to retire then said he was. He changed his mind more often than Bret Favre and like Favre’s actions, many of us finally came to the same conclusion – “who cares?” (Turns out it just takes a long time to count and stash billions of dollars.) But in this global upheaval we really should care. It’s important that we care, or at least know who the players are and what it means? Keeping up may be harder than it ever was, but we owe it to our progeny, to ourselves and to our friends and neighbors to stay as informed as we can and whenever possible exercise our “inalienable” rights to promote those principals we stand for and believe in.
Watching the events unfold in Egypt the past weeks proved one thing rather dramatically – no one else seems to be able to keep up either. We don’t seem to have a consensus yet as to whether the Muslim Brotherhood or the military or any other faction would be the preferable winners in this new democracy. Everything happened to fast and unexpectedly. Many of the pundits and politicos must be dizzy trying to find and jump in front of the most popular parade. Commenting with enough ambiguity so when no matter which winner has emerged they can claim allegiance and take credit for the successful victory.
But one thing is certain and it boggles the mind when you think about it. The whole revolution was instigated, conducted and eventually concluded in the new world of social networking. I’m not sure just how all this happens – I’m not proficient to say the least in any of this. I’m on Facebook at the minimum level of participation and I neither tweet nor twitter (or is that the same thing.) Since the elections of 2008 the influence of this new means of communication became apparent and the power it can generate with minimum investment is still unimaginable.
We just watched a regime of thirty years toppled by people communicating on computers and telephones in a matter of a few weeks. The aftermath of all this is still yet to come, but we are certainly living in a space where we’ve not been before. I only hope and pray that the revolutionaries can govern as well as they can revolt in this new form of warfare.