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#TUNISIA #WIKILEAKS #socialmedia #twitrev ~ Was What Happened in Tunisia a Twitter Revolution? II



[1] The febrile debate in the social media about Tunisia is comical because the bien pensers know little about Tunisia, are rushing to conclusions with the basics, cobbling together their social network theories from what they think/guess to be a good example of a digitial revolution, and hoping for the best. Though the Internet, Web and social media, must have played a part, it’s primarily a political debate which I doubt many of the social media types are qualified to engage in – more a bit of a shouting match in a pub.

A few are getting really excited because they have written books on similar themes and think they might be writing a few more on the back of this crisis, and be invited into the TV studious as experts on the Twitter revolution. Have any, one wonders, even had a holiday Djerba?

Tunisia has been under the thumb from way back in the days of Bourguiba.

[2] The riots are a middle class phenomenon. Use your eyes! The No comment Euronews video yesterday showed middle-aged laywers still in their black robes, mingling with and shouting encouragement to the youth in centre of Tunis! And in those masses were students shouting that they were educated and had no jobs.

[3] The 1789 French Revolution was undoubtedly a revolution of the small, mobile printing press – the press facilitated the spread of ideas that led to the coup. But the French Revolution was a revolt of the middle-classes against arbitrary Monarchic rule, as was the American Revolution. Here, we need to Google our Gore Vidal YouTubes to see his barbed comments about the United States of America never having been a democracy.

[4] WikiLeaks showed two things about Tunisia:

[a] The U.S. supported Tunisia because Tunisia supported the U.S. over the war on terror. We have to ask if Tunisia might have been involved in extraordinary rendition like Morocco and Egypt were. Maybe not, but the likihood is great – Tunisia has been under authoritarian rule since 1957.

[b] The diplomatic cables showed the U.S. was aware that something was brewing in Tunisia.



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#TUNISIA #WIKILEAKS #socialmedia #twitrev ~ Was What Happened in Tunisia a Twitter Revolution?



Was What Happened in Tunisia a Twitter Revolution?


Mathew Ingram, 14 Jan 2011



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#TUNISIA #WIKILEAKS #socialmedia #twitrev ~ Twitter revolution and the new Arab Media Space?



Tunisia and the New Arab Media Space
Marc Lynch, Foreign Policy, 15 Jan 2011


Tunisia: Can We Please Stop Talking About ‘Twitter Revolutions’
Luke Allnutt, Tanglered Web blog, 15 Jan 2011




The WDIK column
Twitter is proving to be important. It wouldn’t be so important if there were no mobile feeds into the system.

The Tunisian authorities, it is reported, had the Internet as tight as a gnats bottom – as China has. Though the news is that just before he flew the coop to Malta/France/Saudi Arabia (probably right now sitting down by the poolside with an ice-cool Carlesberg, evoking for me the iconic Heinekin scene at the end of Ice Cold in Alex…oh, perhaps not, it’s a dry country),



Internet Ali removed some of the filters. Or – as we’ll learn sooner than later – the current regime did, in order to reduce the pressure.



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#WIKILEAKS A capacity for trust model




CEOs say creativity most important in next 5 years





Both from The Practice of Leadership blog by George Ambler.



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#WIKILEAKS #China ~ WikiLeaks: China’s Politburo a cabal of business empires [6 Dec 2010]



WikiLeaks: China’s Politburo a cabal of business empires
Peter Foster, Beijing, The Telegraph, 6 Dec 2010




The WDIK column
When this article was first published, there was no rush of articles musing about the similarities between the Chinese and U.S. Systems. Who in mainstream U.S. media would dare to moot such parallels?

It seems all states evolve into this sort of set-up. With Gore Vidal’s words about the U.S never having been a democracy echoing (what then an ‘electoral state’ ?), it’s quite easy to grasp that the U.S. might have been designed from inception to operate in the way the U.S. diplomats in the Wikileaks U.S cable leaks describes present day China.

Perhaps there is a rule of statehood, governance, power, influence networks, that states this kind of arrangement is the default to which states – which didn’t start off like like that – revert to over time. A kind of biological-social law.

In a post WikiLeaks world – full of notions of P2P – what is essential is that spidercharts of influence (influence landscape) are draw up to enable individuals to make up their own minds whether to trust a politician or business leader.

A series of flashcards in Netwit 2.1 will link to ideas on trust models. They won’t necessarily come consecutively but as they are found. I prefer visualisations to long screeds, so they will more often than not be graphics to aid thinking, rather than complete explanations. The first one which came from business trust modelling, has at its core ‘capacity for trust’.



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