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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.

January 15, 2011 - Posted by | actor-network theory, Citizen 2.0, citizen journalism, connective knowledge, connectivism, cyber security, cyber-utopianism, cyberpunk, cyberspace, cypherpunk, data journalism, digital journalism, diplomatic cables, Government 2.0, info-war, Internet, P2P, Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act (PCNAA), social media, social networks, techno-libertarianism, U.S. diplomatic cables, U.S.Embassy cables, Web 2.0, WikiLeaks

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